President Obama is determined to abandon the one government program that has already proved it works.
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Now, all of the sudden, here comes Obama, ready to stare and gaze indefinitely. It’s all part of his wait-and-see strategy. “Let’s talk it out” is his operating philosophy.
Like Obama, Vladimir and Dmitry want to talk until their mouths fall off, and why wouldn’t they? When everyone talks, no one decides. An international talkathon, precisely because it will resolve nothing, serves Russia’s interests as well as Obama’s, ridding him of an awkward decision: protect American interests or flatter foreigners?
It’s sweet that Obama wants to befriend nation-states, but geopolitics is not junior high, sadly, and chitchat isn’t always cheap. The more time we spend blabbering for its own sake, the more time Iran has to continue its nuclear “research,” right before it starts studying for its AP Biology exam. According to an IAEA report released last week, Iran possesses 460 more pounds of uranium than previously thought, giving it “enough atoms,” per a senior U.N. official, to build at least one nuclear bomb. How comforting, then, that we will continue assuming the best intentions and worst capabilities of trigger-happy psychopaths.
As long as Iran keeps researching its way into the nuclear club, shouldn’t America “research” its missile defenses over to Poland and the Czech Republic? Given who we’re dealing with, it only makes sense to plan ahead for worst-case scenarios. If you knew O.J. Simpson had it out for you and was on his way to the safe where he keeps his revolver, wouldn’t you take some precautions (such as running away or buying a bulletproof vest) rather than just trying to talk him out of owning a firearm?
To be sure, preemptive self-defense may offend the “international community,” which raises an important question: So what? No one said being the world’s policeman meant keeping 6.7 billion people in a good mood. That’s what prescription drugs are for.
Prozac, however, is useless against ballistic missiles, and missile defense is quite naturally the best defense against them. The logistics are complex, but the issue isn’t. Instead of agonizing over the impact it will have on his global reputation, President Obama should approach missile defense with the same attitude I take to physical fitness: Don’t sweat it.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online