The Jerusalem Post has an editorial that discusses what would happen if Iran fully complied with nuclear restrictions. It is worth a read, but it is not necessary for you to do so to continue herein.
The editorial makes the painfully realistic observation that President Obama would love nothing more than seeing Iran open up its known nuclear sites, let Russia enrich her uranium, and agree to increased supervision. They are correcthe would love that as his ideal goal.
The Czar…well, let us say the Czar is a bit different in the head. He sees that Iran is a threat that is not going away, and as a country with a recent history of abusing every token bit of nicety that they have been given and turning it into something evil. They are a dog that enjoys biting feeding hands. Obama is not likely to take the hard approach: he will simply write off a nuclear Iran as a success, when indeed it is an unforgiveable failure a future president will need to clean up.
But the point of this essay is not to spell out the dangerous, dangerous risk of letting Iran have her way. Rather, it is to point out the history of Democratic foreign policy. And, ultimately, why the editors of the Jerusalem Post have Obama pegged.
The correct response is to solve the Iranian problem once and for all. Obama showed in the recent election revolts that he is unwilling to help them transition to a peaceful democracy. He has also showed that he is unwilling to clean up Afghanistan by repeating the embarrassingly Republican surge strategy, which Gen. McChrystal knows and openly admits will work as planned. He cannot deal with North Korea, but has let the Chinese fox guard the Korean henhouse. The President cannot promote an image of steely calm before the Russians, but instead caves into every propaganda stunt they can cobble together.
In this respect, he is much like Presidents Clinton and Carter, and in other respects, Johnson. He cannot make the tough decision, no matter how painfully right it is. Rather, he wishes the worlds bad guys would just leave him alone and like us a lot. All this enemy-this and dictator-that just gives him a big headache. Better to focus on Olympics site selection and healthcare reform.
Clinton was the same way with Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq and North Korea: rather than do something powerful and decisive to clean up the mess caused by his inattentiveness, he opted to push for healthcare reform, affirmative action, and gays in the military.
Carter had his day with China, Iran and Afghanistan, but chose to focus on creating the Department of Energy, dealing with oil and gas supplies, and energy, energy, energy.
Johnson of course had Vietnam, but chose to back burner that little matter in favor of the Great Society. That sounds a lot like a certain current commander in chief who would rather make a speech about bringing the torch to Chicago than bringing reinforcements to Afghanistan.
See the trend? Sure you do: Democratic presidents always let a good crisis go to waste. Rather than address the problem head on, fixing it for good, they simply focus on their pet Progressivist projects and hope the international issue goes away. You will also notice another commonality: all these foreign places became major nightmares for the future.
Our conservative readers know this, of course. They all hated the kid in class who would insinuate himself in charge of the small group project, letting everyone else do the research, writing, and presentation while he drew and colored a really cool cover page and put his name on the top.
Our liberal readerswe must have some left that Puter didnt elbow drophowever may not realize the unsettling similarities between Obama and other classic foreign policy failures, since too often the liberals lack of history dwarfs even his inability to see more than ten minutes into the future.
Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.