During the State of the Union address last night, President Obama said the following: “At April’s Nuclear Security Summit, we will bring 44 nations together here in Washington, D.C. behind a clear goal: securing all vulnerable nuclear materials around the world in four years, so that they never fall into the hands of terrorists. (Applause.)Now, these diplomatic efforts have also strengthened our hand in dealing with those nations that insist on violating international agreements in pursuit of nuclear weapons. That’s why North Korea now faces increased isolation, and stronger sanctions –- sanctions that are being vigorously enforced. That’s why the international community is more united, and the Islamic Republic of Iran is more isolated. And as Iran’s leaders continue to ignore their obligations, there should be no doubt: They, too, will face growing consequences. That is a promise. (Applause.)”
“Growing consequences”? What does that mean? What are those consequences? When will they kick in? Are they limited to economic sanctions? And what if those sanctions don’t work? How far is the Obama administration willing to go to protect the American people and our allies from a nuclear apocalypse fomented by Iran? Time is running out to stop Iran. Don’t we need serious, concrete, decisive answers from the leader of the free world?
In the longest speech he has ever delivered, President Obama devoted barely a few seconds to the most dangerous threat to U.S., Israeli and international peace and security in a generation: the increasingly imminent development of an Iranian nuclear weapon in the hands of an apocalyptic genocidal death cult running Iran.
Yet according to a stunning report in the German news magazine Der Spiegel, German and Western intelligence officials and other experts now believe that “Iran’s scientists could produce a primitive, truck-sized of the [nuclear] bomb this year.” While the unnamed sources in the story say Iran probably won’t be able to compress a nuclear weapon into a warhead that could be placed on a ballistic missile until 2012 to 2014, clearly the risk is rising rapidly. What’s more, what if Iran gave truck-sized nuclear weapons to Hamas or Hezbollah to attack Israel? Or to al-Qaeda or other terrorists to attack an American or European city?
A year of attempted U.S. “engagement” with Iran ended December 31st in utter failure. The White House and State Department still don’t seem to understand that the Iranian regime doesn’t want to negotiate away it’s nuclear weapons program. They believe the end of the world is at hand, the Islamic Messiah’s arrival on earth is “imminent,” and that the way to hasten the coming of the Twelfth Imam is to annihilate Israel and the U.S. As I have documented in my book, Inside The Revolution, the Iranian leaders have made their views crystal clear to anyone who would listen. The problem is the Obama administration is not really listening. Thus, they are woefully misreading the enemy and making disastrous policy choices.
Will another year or two be lost half-heartedly pursuing economic sanctions that are unlikely to work? France will assume the rotating leadership of the U.N. Security Council in February. Serious moves to pass economic sanctions will begin then. It’s far from clear that Russia and/or China will back the kind of “crippling sanctions” that Sec. Clinton has called for that could trigger revolutionary unrest in Iran and even remotely lead to the possibility of actual regime change in Iran. That said, some form of sanctions could pass. I’m not confident that they will really work. More likely, they will actually buy the Iranian leadership more time to aggressively advance their nuclear weapons development program.
HEADLINES TO TRACK:
- Der Spiegel reports Iran could have first nuclear bomb in 2010
- Netanyahu at Auschwitz: World must unite to confront new threats
- AFP: U.S. Senators– including McCain, Lieberman and Schumer – send letter to President Obama urging immediate “crippling sanctions” against Iran
- AP: U.S. prepares new round of sanctions against Iran
- AFP: German giant Siemens quits Iran amid mounting diplomatic tensions
- WSJ: Will Germany get tough on Iran?
- Russian plans to boost arms sales to Iran, says current U.N. sanctions on Iran does not affect its arms sales
- Reuters: Iran hangs two pro-democracy activists
- Globes: Israel’s economy grew 0.5% in 2009 (and 3% in last quarter) in sharp contrast to anticipated contraction of 1.5%. Noteworthy is that Israel’s economy grew at all, compared to OECD average of minus 3.5%
- Israel’s economy expected to grow 4% in 2010
- IMF: Israel’s economic growth among the world’s fastest