Iran knows as well as anyone that this president isn’t big on preserving, protecting, and defending the United States.
“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
That is the oath of office taken by President Barack Obama, and every other President of the United States, as provided in Article II, Section I of the Constitution. The question I want to ask is can you “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” without “preserving, protecting, and defending” the United States?
President Obama’s Iran Disgrace
President Obama was so self-satisfied during the 2008 election with the avowed brilliance of his innovative Iran policy of “talking” to Iran about their nuclear weapons program. He accused President Bush of stupidly thinking he was punishing the Iranian government by refusing to talk to its leaders. President Obama was going to deliver peace in our time by talking to Iran “without preconditions,” even going so far as to engage in “tough diplomacy” if necessary to convince Iran to terminate its nuclear weapons program.
Michael Ledeen pointed out in the Wall Street Journal at the time that every Administration all the way back to Jimmy Carter had “talked to Iran,” with no good ever coming from it. President Carter had engaged in “tough diplomacy” for over a year to free the American diplomats seized as hostages by the pirates running Iran. The Iranians finally did release them, at the precise moment of the Inauguration of Ronald Reagan, who seemed to be willing to do more than “tough diplomacy.”
At the very time that candidate Obama was preening all over the country regarding his hot new idea of “talking to Iran,” the newspapers were filled with reports of what “carrots” then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was going to offer Iran in the next round of talks on its nuclear program. That never amounted to anything either.
Yet lots of yuppie voters were nevertheless fooled into thinking that the fresh, young Obama had indeed come up with a promising new approach, overlooked by the stodgy Bush/McCain curmudgeons.
It was obvious to thinking people at the time that “talking to Iran without preconditions,” and “tough diplomacy,” were never going to amount to anything. What would the American negotiating response be when told that the nuclear program was necessary to “wipe Israel off the face of the earth,” and kill all the Jews, as Iran’s fascist dictatorship had in fact already stated publicly?
All those brilliant yuppies voting for Obama apparently did not know that the name of the country was changed from the historic “Persia” to “Iran” to claim that it was, in fact, the original source of Hitler’s Aryan race.
So, now, almost two years later, what has come of President Obama’s brilliant strategy of “talking to Iran without preconditions”?
When the Iranian people rose up in protest against the stealing of a sham election by the country’s fascist dictatorship, President Obama sagaciously withheld even rhetorical support, to curry favor with the ruling Islamic theocracy in the vain hope of a nuclear deal. As the mullahs’ Brown Shirt henchmen began murdering protesters in the streets, President Obama stood idly by, offering nothing of significance in their support. Even Jimmy Carter supported human rights. That is why President Obama’s foreign policies are the worst, most unprincipled, most un-American in our nation’s history.
Not to worry, though. President Obama had another trick up his sleeve. He yielded to the Russian demand to cancel the deployment of missile defense systems in Eastern Europe, after America’s newly liberated allies in those countries had suffered the political costs of agreeing to them. Those missile defenses would have been strategically located as advance defenses for America, as well as for Europe, from the threat of Islamofascist nukes. But President Obama’s apologists assured us that this ploy would win Russian pressure on Iran to end its nuclear program, and Russian support for serious sanctions if that pressure failed.
But just last weekend, there were the Russians in Iran, loading the nuclear fuel rods into the Bushehr nuclear reactor. This provides the Iranians with a second route to nuclear weapons, based on the plutonium produced by the Bushehr plant, in addition to the uranium enrichment now produced by hundreds of Iranian centrifuges. Papa Joe Ahmadinejad announced that this was just the first of 10 such nuclear plants.
Even Amy Carter Knew Better
During the 1980 Presidential debates, President Carter explained that he had asked his daughter Amy what was the most important issue of our time, and even she understood that nuclear proliferation was the top concern. The spectacle of the President of the United States seeking international strategic advice from his 12 year old daughter drew nationwide peals of laughter.