Monday, September 28, 2009
Good morning Obama! Iran fired more missiles!
Coincidence or not? More missiles over the weekend!
Why do I get the feeling that Iran is not very impressed with "hope and change"?
Let's review the morning's headlines:
Again, we woke up to Iran's latest war games:
"Iran said it successfully test-fired the longest-range missiles in its arsenal on Monday, weapons capable of carrying a warhead and striking Israel, U.S. military bases in the Middle East, and parts of Europe." (FOX)
Elliott A. Cohen teaches at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. He served as counselor of the State Department from 2007 to 2009.
Today, he wrote this: There Are Only Two Choices Left on Iran
"Pressure, be it gentle or severe, will not erase that nuclear program.
The choices are now what they ever were: an American or an Israeli strike, which would probably cause a substantial war, or living in a world with Iranian nuclear weapons, which may also result in war, perhaps nuclear, over a longer period of time."
Let's review the options again:
1) A nuclear Iran---This is an unacceptable option because Iran will pass the bombs to terrorist groups, such as Hezbollah.
2) Israel attacks----This is a very risky option because Iran will retaliate against our naval forces in the Straits of Hormuz or in Iraq. In other words, a huge war.
3) The US attacks-----This is the best military option because we are the only country with enough firepower to penetrate the underground facilities. (It will take an unprecedented aerial attack with some ground forces to check on the bombed facilities)
The bad news about Option 3 is that we will have to do it with little, if any, international support. Does Pres BO have the guts to be unpopular in the streets of Europe?
So here we are! There are no pretty options!
Of course, the best option is to support "regime change" and stand with the people demonstrating and getting killed in Tehran. Or, we could come up with real sanctions, such as a naval blockade that denies the regime gasoline! (Iran has oil but enough refining capacity!
Unfortunately, BO calls that "meddling" and would rather say or do nothing. (BO won't meddle in Iran because we're busy meddling in Honduras!)
Let's pray for a miracle. However, I don't see much hope for a peaceful resolution with Iran! You can't appease bad guys, as we learned in the past:
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