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June 9, 2010

Obama's Iran policy a total disaster (Updated)

Topics: Iran, Political News and commentaries

Quite contrary to what Team Obama keeps telling us about their foreign policy having successfully "isolated" Iran and that they are proceeding with "serious sanctions," neither are true - as The Washington Post points out (H/t - Jennifer Rubin):

A year ago, Iran was on its way to becoming a pariah state. Dozens of governments accused Iranian leaders of stealing the presidential election and condemned the brutal crackdown on protesters that followed. The country faced sanctions and international scorn over its controversial nuclear program.

Now, even as the U.N. Security Council prepares to impose its fourth round of sanctions on Iran with a vote slated for Wednesday, Tehran is demonstrating remarkable resilience, insulating some of its most crucial industries from U.S.-backed financial restrictions and building a formidable diplomatic network that should help it withstand some of the pressure from the West. Iranian leaders are meeting politicians in world capitals from Tokyo to Brussels. They are also signing game-changing energy deals, increasing their economic self-sufficiency and even gaining seats on international bodies.

As for those sanctions, the WaPo points out some of the ineffectiveness of Team Obama's efforts:
But in another sign of the fragile nature of Washington's anti-Iran alliance, the leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran convened a regional security summit Tuesday to emphasize the realignment of military power in the region. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who backs U.N. sanctions, said the measures should not "be excessive" or impose undue hardship on the Iranian leadership or the Iranian people.

The new U.S.-backed measures have been watered down enough that Tehran's crucial oil sector will probably be spared, and Russia's and China's business dealings with Iran will go largely untouched.

In fact, Team Obama has essentially been made a mockery by Iran, who changed the focus from it's own nuclear weapon development to U.S. and Israeli nuclear weapons:
Iran has benefited from a solid constituency at the United Nations. In one particularly eye-catching move, Iran was elected a member of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women in May, just weeks before the start of an aggressive campaign to arrest women with "inappropriate" clothing on Tehran's streets.

At the month-long review conference for the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in New York, also in May, Iranian diplomats, aligning themselves with other developing nations, obstructed U.S. attempts to alter the covenant. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad flew to the United States to address the conference, where he called on world powers to destroy their nuclear weapons (emphasis added).

Note that Ahmadinejad called on world powers to give up "their" nuclear weapons - and said nothing about the ones Iran has been developing for some time now.

As Jenifer Rubin notes, in the meanwhile, as members of Congress are shuffling their collective feet, Jewish groups remain mum, and the Obama administration congratulates itself on its "success," the reality is that Team Obama has accomplished nothing and the consequences are dire.

Gal Luft, executive director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, says the administration's moves won't hobble Iran's nuclear ambitions. ("The horse is out of the stable.") At every turn -- engagement, "reset" with Russia, quietude on the June 12 uprising, downplaying the Qom revelation, fashioning anemic sanctions, and abusing our ally Israel -- the Obama team has made fundamental errors. This leaves two options: Israeli military action or a nuclear-armed Iran. The former is undesirable, but the latter is catastrophic. That we face this dilemma is solely the result of Obama's grievous errors.
And as for just how ineffective and counter productive Team Obama's Iran policy actually is, Barry Rubin points out that we are now one-third of the way through the Obama Administration and, regrettably, it has not learned very much at all about understanding the world situation and correcting its mistakes. The time for wishful thinking is over: if it hasn't made major corrections by now, the Obama Administration is very unlikely to get any better during the rest of its term. Rubin lists nine huge problems going on right now that are not being addressed by the U.S. government and are barely comprehended by the U.S. debate and large portions of the mass media - and number 1 has to do with Iran. Clearly, in the battle to see which can have more influence on the positions taken by other countries, on the Iran nuclear issue Iran is winning - the U.S. is loosing.

The inept, naive, hopey/changey clowns that now occupy the WH are leading us down a path to a disaster from which the world can never recover.

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Posted by Richard at June 9, 2010 10:04 AM



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