Thursday, October 13, 2011
Iran Spits in Obama’s Outstretched Hand
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
It was bound to happen. Just like Jimmy Carter, Iran sensed another weak US President and gave Obama the back if its hand.
The unfortunate truth is – Obama will react to Iran’s attempt to murder the Saudi Ambassador and bomb the Saudi embassy and the Israeli embassy pretty much the same as Jimmy Carter reacted to the taking of American hostages in the US embassy in Tehran during his administration.
Already the Obama administration is calling for an international response to Iran’s latest plot against the US. WHY? It strikes me as more of the “It Takes A Village” philosophy. And it will work just about as well, too.
Already our illustrious Secretary of State is calling for international condemnation of Iran. What’s the matter, Hillary? Is the US not big enough to take care of itself?
No doubt Obama will threaten Iran by sending a letter of condemnation to the mad mullahs in Tehran. Oh, and to show just how angry, and how serious Obama really is -- he will most likely seek more sanctions on Iran. We all know just how well the existing sanctions have worked, right?
"We will work closely with our international partners to increase Iran's isolation and the pressure on its government and we call upon other nations to join us in condemning this threat to international peace and security,” our esteemed Secretary of State said on Wednesday. Wow! That ought to really put the fear of God in ‘em, right?
Just how out of touch with reality is the Obama administration? Well, Vice President Joe Biden gives us a hint when he said the following in an interview: "It's critically important that we unite the world in the isolation" of Tehran and that "whatever action is ultimately taken ... that it's not the United States versus Iran." See what I mean?
Biden is dead wrong! It IS the US versus Iran. We have, been assured by Iran’s government, that once they have the nuclear bomb, they intend to strike Israel with the first bomb and the US with the second bomb. How much clearer could it be?
The US is the Great Satan. The US is a nation of infidels, so far as Iran is concerned, and Iran is the mortal enemy of the US. The murder and bombing plot in Washington this week should underscore that Iran is at war with the US whether the US government wants to admit it or not.
Here’s what troubles me. I have said many times in the past that eventually the US will have to go to war with Iran. (Iran is already at war with the US!) And I am very afraid that given the current endeavor in Washington to cut back on the military budget, the US will not have a military large enough and strong enough to go head to head with Iran on a battlefield.
Our military, today, is in bad shape. We are making up the difference, so to speak, with military technology. When our opponents become able to overcome our technological advantage – we are going to be in a fight for our lives as a country. We are flying aircraft that should have been replaced years and even decades ago. Our Navy is about the size it was when the First World War broke out. Our Army is exhausted and way, way, under strength and is going to become even more under strength in the immediate future.
And we are staring down the barrel of a soon to be nuclear-armed Iran.
Oh, but you say we held off the Russians for forty years and they were a nuclear power. That is true… but… Russia is a northern European nation. They think and act as we do. The same cannot be said for Iran.
The only real friend the US has in the region is Israel and the Obama administration is treating Israel as if is an enemy. Dumb does not begin to describe the Obama administration’s treatment of our only friend in the Middle East.
One of the questions making the rounds since the plot was revealed earlier this week is why Iran sought to strike the embassies of both Saudi Arabia and Israel? There have been unconfirmed reports (dating back at least two years) that the Saudi kingdom had granted Israel access to an area in northern Saudi Arabia to use as a staging area for an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. If those reports are correct, then surely Iran is aware of it.
In any event, Iran just sent a signal to the Saudis that cooperation with Israel would not be tolerated.
Iran just sent the Obama administration a signal, too. Unfortunately, our fearless leader seems totally clueless as to what that message is.
In the meantime, Obama will send Iran a letter explaining how attempting to murder Saudis, Israelis, and Americans -- in Washington DC -- is well, really, not nice. That ought to scare the heck out of ‘em.
J. D. Longstreet