Iran knows as well as anyone that this president isn’t big on preserving, protecting, and defending the United States.
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Needless to say, this literal hell on earth would be the greatest failure of diplomacy and foreign policy in world history. Don’t underestimate the social, political and cultural changes such a cataclysm would produce, starting within America.
But this is not the worst case outcome of the Obama Administration’s “tough diplomacy.” Papa Joe Ahmadinejad has told cheering crowds of Iranian Islamofascists to imagine a world without America. “I tell you this is possible,” he told them. Ending America as we know it would be possible by firing one second rate missile off a boat on the East Coast, and one off a boat on the West Coast, each carrying a nuke that would explode miles up in the atmosphere. On our present course, Iran will soon have the technology to do precisely that.
This would create an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that would fry all electronics on the American mainland below. Instantly, America would be back in the pre-industrial, horse and buggy, agricultural, mid-19th century, more than 100 years behind the rest of the world.
Or maybe “suicide” bombers would just take out an American city.
These are the risks the Obama Administration is taking on your behalf, with its “tough diplomacy,” and apparent willingness to “learn to live” with a nuclear Iran. Social, political and cultural change, indeed.
America’s first line of defense against these risks lies not in our own national defense, which President Obama is increasingly standing down. It lies with those unarmed Persian patriots whom the theocracy’s fascist Brown Shirts have been murdering in the streets.
For as Michael Ledeen explains in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, the Iranian theocratic regime is hanging on by its fingernails. Ledeen writes, “Iran’s leaders have lost legitimacy in the eyes of the people, are unable to manage many of the country’s problems, face a growing opposition, and are openly fighting with one another.” He concludes, “Very little of this news reaches a mass Western audience, and one wonders to what extent Western governments understand what is going on. If they do, their failure to support the democratic revolutionaries is all the more lamentable.”
Yet, the Obama Administration has openly sneered at all talk of regime change and supporting the revolutionaries. This is a disgraceful abandonment of America’s own longstanding values, as well as its national defense interests.
But would regime change without destruction of the Iranian nuclear program be enough? Even top opposition leaders have praised that nuclear program in the past, and have been involved in threatening Israel, if not America as well.
Clear-eyed American national defense would involve U.S. military action to take out the Iranian nuclear program by air and sea. Not every nuclear facility needs to be destroyed to hopelessly disrupt the nuclear program for now. This would be combined with massive covert arms and financial support for the democratic revolutionaries, including various ethnic minorities in longstanding revolt. That would bring down the collapsing mullah theocracy in short order. With its Iranian props gone, Syrian regime change would be low hanging fruit. The Palestinians may then well be willing to negotiate a lasting peace.
But this is going to require regime change in America first. The American people have the power to accomplish that on a timely basis this fall. But that requires an election result that will knock the Washington establishment to its knees. Social, political and cultural change, indeed.