“The Obama Administration and Iran”
Andrew McCarthy, NRO:
Once again, the problem in Iran is the regime, not the nukes. The foreign policy of the United States should unapologetically and overtly be organized around the goal of regime change. That doesn’t necessarily require military invasion, although we should not shy from that when they kill and threaten us. But Obama — like his predecessors — is using the levers of American power in an effort to obtain a grand deal with the mullahs, myopically focused on nuclear power with no accounting of the regime’s much more serious decades of terror promotion and incorrigible anti-Americanism.
Why would we even think about cutting a deal with the mullahs — on nukes or anything else? Nothing this regime could say or do at this point could be trusted. We should not want a deal with these guys, so it’s just mind-boggling that we keep groveling for one. We should want them gone, we should be squeezing them every way we can toward that end, we should make no secret about it, we should support the regime’s opponents in Iran, and we should make other countries understand that if they want to have cordial relations with Iran, we are going to make their lives difficult.
Precisely right. Even were Hillary and Obama to pull off the rumored October surprise in which they strike an agreement with Iran on its nuclear program, why in the world would anyone with a lick of sense find that anything other than an insulting political expedient?
Obama promised to deal with Iran without preconditions. Romney was right last night to point out that the message the Obama administration was sending to Iran was that we would not act aggressively against it. Whether this shows weakness or suggests a complicity of purpose — and by that I don’t mean the promotion of terrorism, but rather merely a re-figuring of the power dynamic in the middle east, and in fact the world, which agenda fits in well with Obama’s own predilection for post-colonialist theory — depends on your viewpoint.
Either way, it signals to Iran that they may proceed apace. And that’s the wrong signal to send — and is in fact antithetical to the kind of message a free country rooted in human rights and the dignity of the individual should always send: we reject theocratic totalitarianism, and we are prepared to combat it in any and every way should it make the mistake of turning bellicose toward us or our allies.
And that includes with horses and Marine bayonets, ironically enough. Though we may have to hitch a ride over on a cruise ship.