Nuclear Iran. Learn to love it!
Retired Army Major General Bob Scales, a Fox News analyst, had some sobering words for host Neil Cavuto: It’s over. Forget it. Iran will have its bomb.
His analysis, unfortunately, makes sense. I’m not saying I accept it – I’m an optimist, or perhaps just unwilling to face a fact too awful to wrap my brain around. But it makes sense.
Iran will continue working toward a bomb whether it strikes a deal or not, though have no doubt, there will be a deal, Scales says. Israel isn’t really militarily capable of taking the program out. And President Obama simply won’t.
A piece in the Weekly Standard by Elliot Abrams adds some interesting perspective on the impetus for Obama’s dealings with Iran, noting that Obama has effectively made the Iranians our ally. Not down the road, when they supposedly will “reform.” But now.
The reason is that Obama, who doesn’t want to be bothered with foreign policy obligations while he focuses and the domestic “transformation” that is his reason for being president, wants to hand responsibility for the region to Iran. Then he never has to commit troops, get his hands dirty, or put dents and scratches on his Nobel Peace prize.
President Obama appears to take a benign view of Iran’s actions in Iraq and Syria: if the United States and Iran are not collaborating, we are at least acting along parallel lines. To the extent that Iranian troops fight the Islamic State in Iraq, some of the pressure on Obama to do more there (more U.S. bombing, more American advisers on the ground) is alleviated. To the extent that Iranian troops are fighting the Islamic State and other Sunni jihadi groups in Syria, Obama apparently believes, he need not come up with a workable Syria policy that aims at getting Assad out and defeating jihadis there . . .
We do less, someone else does more. Meanwhile we conclude a nuclear agreement with Iran, easing regional tensions and pointing the way to a future rapprochement. If the Middle East won’t exactly be a zone of peace, the need for immediate American intervention will seem to disappear . . .
This policy will leave Iran dominant in Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq, and now it seems Yemen as well: the “Shia Crescent” of which King Abdullah of Jordan warned a decade ago. This policy abandons the role the United States has played in the Middle East since the Second World War, and hands it to the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Not only is Obama not going to intervene in Iran. He’s not going to intervene anywhere. If he denies Iran atomic weapons by going to war, not only does Iran become his problem, but the whole Middle East does.
And that would interfere with the real business at hand, which is golf and executive orders.