Skip to comments.Obama's empty threats weaken US
Posted on 02/10/2010 12:15:56 PM PST by Ben Mugged
The US's inability to back threats with tangible actions in response to Iran's nuclear trickery has cost America a key non-proliferation tool and suggested the waning of a global power. There is a glimmer of hope for President Barack Obama, but success over Iran's nuclear programme will require quieter, closed-door diplomacy, both with Tehran and international partners.
Obama ascended to the presidency vowing to engage Iran in dialogue about its nuclear weapons programme. As president, he has also talked tough about his determination to work multilaterally to prevent further nuclear weapons proliferation. "Rules must be binding. Violations must be punished The world must stand together to prevent the spread of these weapons," Obama said in Prague in April 2009. And yet, since his remarks, international non-proliferation rules have been circumvented, violations have gone unpunished and the world is divided over how to deal with Iran a country widely accused of pursuing nuclear weapons.
The threat of increased pressure, such as sanctions, is as much a policy device as the sanctions themselves, and must only be used if the US can back it up with effective action. This has not been the case under Obama and with unfortunate consequences. Inaction in the face of Iran's defiance of US demands has weakened Washington's foreign policy standing and caused the loss of a key non-proliferation instrument, namely having a credible, and therefore usable, threat against Iran.
Since credibility is crucial, the "threat tool" is now a significantly weakened aspect of the US non-proliferation portfolio in relation to Iran and future proliferators. In a world of mounting proliferation problems, losing a non-proliferation device is of serious concern.
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But of course, he believes in appeasement and pacificism.
The only war he openly supports is against American conservatives. As he says..."Bring it on!" Little does he realize, he couldn't stand three seconds of our bringing it on, where we got the same air time, and non-critical deference, as he gets on the Big Three Propaganda networks
Pigs are flying!!!
Even the guardian gets it!
Harsh letter to the Iranians to follow!! Iran better be careful or the Kenyan will loose the ACORN thugs on them. Worse yet he’ll send the Wookie over to monitor their eating habits.
Seriously, is there a more impotent weasel than Obummer? He sits down to pee and is dickless to boot.
This would be funny if it was not so serious.
In order for a threat to be taken serious, the other side must believe you would carry it out.
This administration can not win a war (of words) against Fox news why should the Iranians care what they have to say?
This administration has spent more time going after their domestic “enemies” then they have after those that really mean to do us great harm.
I have no doubt the only response this administration has is spending 23/7 writing up press releases blaming the previous administration for whatever happens.
Mr. President, your domestic agenda means squat once nuclear bombs start going off around the world on your watch.
Leaders do not keep passing the buck, nor blame others, they lead. You sir are not a leader.
The only threat the Left will work to destroy are Conservatives.
Even the socialists across the pond get it. The obama-bots here never will.