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Obama Gets a Little Tougher with Iran

President Obama Friday added more steel to his Iran policy, clearing the way for harsher sanctions on Tehran even though it will probably raise oil prices a bit and continue his political hurt at the pump.

Let’s be clear, a few pennies more at the tank would not have been as bad as having the Republicans blast him for not guarding the nation’s security. But still, it’s clear Obama is moving along the right path, if belatedly, in trying to rid Iran of its nuclear program.

I have no doubt that only military action will force Iran to relinquish a goal it has pursued for 30 years. But Obama’s move is also consistent with an attempt to demonstrate to the world that everything possible was done peaceably before the bombing begins, whether by us or the Israelis.

And I’m not so sure, as I’ve written in the past, that it won’t be by us. One of Obama’s cherished goals, though not particularly one of his most realistic ones, is ridding the world of nuclear weapons. Once the Mullahbomb is operational, the dream is over, because Iran will never give them up, and places like Saudi Arabia will suddenly launch “peaceful” nuclear energy programs to counter the threat.

Obama gave me a sense during remarks in South Korea this week that he might actually have already established a deadline for military action, even if only in his own head. He echoed the types of comments George W. Bush made in the run up to attacking an enemy. Obama said:

It is always my preference to solve these issues diplomatically. But time is short. Iran’s leaders must understand they, too, face a choice. Iran must act with the seriousness and sense of urgency  that this moment demands.

Obama will also have to put into storage his native naïveté about the intentions of bad guys and not let Iran string us along with talk until they suddenly test a nuclear device. The Israelis, in this case, will keep him from straying too far out of the real world.

24 Responses to Obama Gets a Little Tougher with Iran

  1. Personally, we distrust everything Obama does…he always has his own peculiar ideology driving his words and deeds.
    He is not a patriot.

  2. Is Obama really trying to stop Iran’s nuclear program? How? By leaking, better to say, by once more betraying Israel and its military plans along the Iranian border as part of the Obama’s administration’s campaign against an Israeli attack? Is he (Obama) going to do the right thing this time? I don’t think so.

  3. Keith, Did you hear about the leak to the press from the Obama administration about Israel working with Azerbaijan? Mark Levin discussed it last night and it is dumbfounding how diabolical and treacherous Obama is against Israel. Rather than calling for hearings to root out the traitors working within our own government to kneecap our allies, the House Republicans sit back and pass their legislation to nowhere while he continues his attack on freedom and liberty.

        • The only consistant solid support for Israel seems to come from the hard-right Christian community. It was the Christian countries who helped form Israel and gave it it’s start. The Christian communities around the world decried the wholesale killing of the Jews.
          I have yet to hear of any Jewish community decrying the wholesale killing of Christians by the Muslim community.

          • Disagree with you srdem. I’ve heard many Jews decry the slaughter and dhimmitude of Christians by Muslims. Mark Levin and Jay Sekulow are just two very vocal defenders who come to mind. I’ve always been a strong supporter of Israel and consider myself a constitutional conservative. I don’t even know what defines an individual as a “hard right Christian”.

          • I’m referring to Jewish organizations that have a wide audience and influence, not individuals.
            The hard left Christians believe in Christianity but not in democracy; example, what kind of Christian church did the notorious RevWright lead in Chicago that extolled the parish to “God Damn America” and ranted about the “evil” Jews. This was the church of the Obamas.

          • I agree there are no mainstream Jewish organizations that speak out on the behalf of Christians. Please don’t ever stop voicing your opinions. Nothing should be off limits for discussion on the battleground of ideas, srdem. That is one way Marxism and liberation theology have infiltrated the Christian faith, by making it tabu to have political and religious discussions in the public square.

          • As a Torah-Observant Messianic Believer, I’d have to say – you’re both wrong and I agree with you completely.


            And as far as Religion and Politics, they DO mix – as they should. These are moral viewpoints that drive our personal opinions as to how the World should be. At 46, I’ve been all over the damned map (Red Diaper Dope Baby to Combat Veteran Flag-Waver and Agnostic to Evangelical to Torah)
            You guys seem further along the maturity arc than I was not so long ago.
            And we can all particpate…
            The New Media is the most egalitarian iteration of the Fourth Estate yet.

  4. Surely, Iran is aware of lsrael on their border of Aberbaijan. The ‘leak’ was a warning to Israel to hold off on bombing until after the election.

  5. Perhaps he could get tougher on MO’s spending and vacations but that is I’m
    afraid above his pay grade. I think he’s afraid of her frankly and so,is everyone

  6. Nice Reportage, Keith
    I don’t think O wants to be known as the One who let Iran get the Bomb because Carter is known as the one who lost Iran in the first place. The Carter Comparisons seem to get inside his melon.
    And it isn’t well-known that the W’habbis of the House of Ibn Saud have very little love for the Persians across the Gulf with their left-over Ottoman Ayatollahs and global aspirations.
    Riyadh has almost as much to fear from the Iran Bomb as Tel Aviv

  7. If Obama said the sky was blue, I would have to double check. The guy is a liar plain and simple and nothing he says or does is without an eye to his own political future.

  8. ‘a world free of nuclear weapons’…??? LMAO!
    tell that to China and Russia…
    maybe if Obama would relaese his college research paper on this lame idea he could explain how the world would be ‘free of nuclear weapons..’.

  9. Keith you know better about Obama’s supposed big desire for a nuclear free world. Personally I don’t buy it. This Administration’s policy toward Israel vis a vis Iran and Russia, Reset in general, speak volumes to the situation in Syria where Assad is bolstered in every conceivable way by Russia and Israel. And while a two year too late “coalition” support of money for the Syrian rebels — is laudable it is unlikely to help save lives or secure defeat of Assad. If there was a wrong move to be made in the ME, this Administration has made it. By the time Obama decides to move on anything beyond controlling the American public’s freedom, Romes around the world burn. And good luck to Mrs. Clinton who is bouncing around alternately threatening and cajoling. That money to Egypt — down a deep hole which will see the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood and worse. Who advises this Administration besides Valerie Jarrett?