Letter to PDN, December 4, 2013
The Obama Administration's disastrous foreign policy continues. We paid the price for British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's 1938 "peace in our time" deal with Adolph Hitler. Now President Obama is going down the same path.
In the Middle East in particular, irresolution is seen as an invitation to attack. Osama bin Laden related how seeing the U.S. abandon Somalia after the 'Blackhawk Down' debacle in Mogadishu emboldened him to plan larger attacks. First President Obama lets al Qaeda murder our ambassador to Libya without using our military assets in the Mediterranean to intervene. Then, he rattles his saber, threatening military intervention in Syria, only to back down ignominiously when he sees that he lacks domestic support for attacking Syria.
Now he strikes a deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Under the Obama deal, Iran retains the capacity to enrich uranium, abandoning long-standing U.N. Security Council and U.S. insistence that such capacity be eliminated. The important areas of centrifuge manufacturing, nuclear weaponization research, and ballistic missile research are not even covered by the Obama deal. Iran gains international legitimacy and access to billions of dollars previously blocked by sanctions in return for unenforceable promises by a regime that has proven it cannot be trusted.
When mortal enemies such as Israel and Saudi Arabia publicly agree that Obama's deal is fatally flawed, it should give us something to think about. A Saudi nuclear bomb, which will be the inevitable consequence of an Iranian one, will not make the world a safer place.
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