The gaff-prone Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, warned famously that within the first six months of an Obama administration he would be sorely tested in a foreign policy crisis, and that his answer may seem to be wrong; but we must stick with him. Lots of people think that the firing of the North Korean Missile is the crisis Biden was warning of but I suspect it may be the impending attack on Iran by Israel.
Benjamin Netanyahu is now Prime Minister of Israel and he’s not going to put up with any more Iranian antics and he certainly will attack, regardless of White House approval, in an effort to stop the Iranian Nuclear program. If we in the United States were wise we’d help him do it and make sure it was as effective as it needs to be. We’re going to be blamed along with Israel and we may suffer big time oil shortages that destroy what’s left of the economy if we aren’t paying attention. Many of our Persian Gulf Allies are quite convinced that if anyone attacks Iran’s Nuclear Program that Iran will attack, via rockets, all the oil facilities in the Persian Gulf in an attempt to crash the western economies.
Having Barak Obama in the midst of an all consuming economic crisis is bad enough but Mr. Obama has indicated a disdain for his foreign policy duties several times during his few months in the White House. He’s made no secret that he considers Prime Minister Netanyahu a “right winger” and he’s made no secret of reaching out to Arabs and Muslims at every opportunity in an effort to demonstrate the “fairness” that so important to a “Progressives” self image. Many people question his commitment to Israel and I dare say that his commitment will be tested soon in what’s likely to become a regional war in the Middle East. I believe the attack could come at any time this year and I don’t’ think Obama is aware of the Prime Ministers resolve on this issue.
I pray that the United States will maintain its support for Israel and head this blunt warning from the Prime Minister and make ACTIVE PREPERATIONS FOR A REGIONAL WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST. Obama seems to have great regard for his ability to dialogue with implacable enemies and somehow bring peace but: I also hope he stations several aircraft carrier groups and anti missile assets in the Persian Gulf. Cynic that I am I tend to place more faith in a fully operational battery of patriot missiles and a couple of carrier groups than I do in the golden oratory of Barak Obama.
Here is a telling article from the Jerusalem Post on the subject:
PM: We may be forced to attack Iran
Apr. 1, 2009
JPost.com Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST
The primary imperative for the United States and President Barack Obama is to put an end to Iran’s nuclear race, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said before his swearing-in Tuesday, adding that if the US failed to do so Israel might be forced to resort to a military strike on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear installations.
“The Obama presidency has two great missions: fixing the economy, and preventing Iran from gaining nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu told The Atlantic. The Iranian drive for a nuclear weapon was a “hinge of history,” he said, emphasizing that all of “Western civilization” was responsible for preventing an Iranian bomb.
“You don’t want a messianic apocalyptic cult controlling atomic bombs,” Netanyahu said of the Iranian regime. “When the wide-eyed believer gets hold of the reins of power and the weapons of mass death, then the entire world should start worrying, and that is what is happening in Iran.”
Netanyahu suggested that Israeli preemptive strikes against perceived threats were the result of the Jewish people learning from a long history of grappling against those who threatened their collective existence. He cited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s repeated calls to “wipe Israel off the map,” as well as a recent remark by the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to the effect that Israel was a “cancerous tumor.”
However, despite Iran’s singling-out of Israel, he said, the rest of the world would be well advised to take the threat emanating from Teheran seriously. He voiced support for Obama’s strategy of engaging Iran in dialogue, as long as the negotiations worked swiftly to convince Iran to relinquish its nuclear program.
“How you achieve this goal is less important than achieving it,” he said, although he was not optimistic regarding the chances that dialogue could persuade Iran to reconsider its interests. Nevertheless, he said, economic sanctions could still make a difference. “I think the Iranian economy is very weak, which makes Iran susceptible to sanctions that can be ratcheted up by a variety of means,” he said.
Iran’s leadership, Netanyahu added, was not immune to pressure, but fanatic elements made it extremely dangerous to risk relying on economic sanctions alone.
“Iran is a composite leadership, but in that composite leadership there are elements of wide-eyed fanaticism that do not exist right now in any other would-be nuclear power in the world. That’s what makes them so dangerous,” he said. “Since the dawn of the nuclear age, we have not had a fanatic regime that might put its zealotry above its self-interest. People say that they’ll behave like any other nuclear power. Can you take the risk? Can you assume that?”
Netanyahu cited Teheran’s tactics during its protracted war with Iraq in the 1980s as evidence of irrational behavior on the part of Iran. “[They] wasted over a million lives without batting an eyelash,” he said. “It didn’t sear a terrible wound into the Iranian consciousness. It wasn’t Britain after World War I, lapsing into pacifism because of the great tragedy of a loss of a generation. You see nothing of the kind.”
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