One problem with handing the presidency to someone with no experience in the real world is that once there, they start to act like they have no experience in the real world.
Oh well, you know, it’s just the presidency. The office was so diminished by Bill Clinton that hardly anyone cares about the caliber of person who gets it anymore.
Obama’s status as Naïf-in-Chief is being confirmed by his approach to Iran, which inconveniently promises to have grave consequences for the world.
The Iranians are jerking him around with a classic good cop/bad cop routine in which Iran’s putatively “moderate” president, Hasan Rouhani, tries to make a deal while “conservatives” who are “suspicious” of interacting with the Great Satan wait in the wings to ruin everything.
Of course, in order to appease the Mullahocracy supposedly looking to derail Rouhani, Iran requires that we relieve it of some of its sanctions.
The White House is buying this and thinks Rouhani, who has been intimately involved with the Iranian leadership for decades and who has previously admitted to using negotiations to buy time for sinister purposes, is somehow something separate from the rest of the Iranian leadership. And so Obama wants to appease Rouhani’s “opponents” within Iran by releasing the Persians from some of the sanctions THAT ARE FORCING THE IRANIANS TO NEGOTIATE IN THE FIRST PLACE.
Better students of human nature, including a number of senators – even some Democrats – as well as the Israelis, the Saudis, and so forth, all want to add more sanctions since this is the very music that brought the Iranians to the dance.
Obama will grasp desperately at negotiations until the Iranians put an end to them with a nuclear test, because he has no intention of striking Iran militarily in any kind of decisive way. Everybody became aware of that – including the Iranians – after he allowed the Syrians to piss all over his red line and get away with it.
Obama hasn’t made a single decisive move on the world stage since becoming president. It’s unlikely a massive attack on Iran will be his first.
He must try negotiating. But he must turn the screws to ensure a positive outcome, not present a profile in pusillanimity. Meanwhile, time is getting shorter. The Iranians are now thought to be capable of producing an atomic weapons within a month if they throw all their resources at the project.
And so we will have one of two results stemming from this childish approach to Iran.
Either Israel will attack Iran, and do it not nearly as well as we would, making it easier for Iran to reconstitute its program. And the retaliation will be so nightmarish that we’ll be forced to get involved anyway.
Or, Iran will string us along until the centrifuges are whirring fast enough to finally give birth to the Iran Bomb. And that, folks, is quite potentially the beginning of the end of our civilization.