America’s flaccid response, Re: Enabling Tehran’s Nukes, Washington Times, July 23, 2009

It seems that the Obama administration has ruled out the use of military action as a final step in preventing Iran from possessing nuclear weapons. This means that the United States has reconciled itself to Iran becoming a nuclear power and that in the end it will do nothing substantial to stop it from happening.

Further sanctions and the threat of a “defence umbrella” over the Middle East are meaningless. Sanctions have failed many times in the past and even if America could protect countries in the region from an Iranian attack there is no guarantee that it actually would, especially considering it’s flaccid response to Iran developing nuclear weapons in the first place.

It also means that Israel will launch a pre-emptive strike when the time comes because it harbors no illusions and understands that Iran cannot be allowed to have nuclear weapons under any circumstances. Israel knows that Iran would attack as soon as it could and would view the destruction of it’s nuclear capabilities as necessary for national survival.

The U.S. decision not to take military action as a last resort guarantees that it’s current approach will fail and that Iran will in fact become a member of the nuclear club. It also guarantees a major conflagration in the Middle East which could conceivably envelop people everywhere, sends an unmistakable message to North Korea that it too can continue on it’s present path and is a clear abdication of America’s role as leader of the free world. This must change. Unless the United States reasserts itself, soon, the destructive forces among us will become ever more emboldened, with grave consequences for all.

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