Skip to comments.Obama says risky to attack Iran, wants diplomatic fix
Posted on 02/05/2012 11:53:00 PM PST by Olog-hai
President Barack Obama said on Sunday there were important risks to consider before any military strike against Iran and made clear he does not want to see more conflict in the oil-producing Gulf region.
In a television interview, Obama also said he did not believe Tehran had the "intentions or capabilities" to attack the United States, playing down the threats from Tehran and saying he wanted a diplomatic end to the nuclear standoff.
"Any kind of additional military activity inside the Gulf is disruptive and has a big effect on us. It could have a big effect on oil prices. We've still got troops in Afghanistan, which borders Iran. And so our preferred solution here is diplomatic," Obama said.
His comments echoed concerns expressed by earlier by Iran's neighbor Turkey that an attack on Iran would be disastrous.
Iran says its nuclear program is meant to produce energy, not weapons.
But its recent shift of uranium enrichment to a mountain bunkerpossibly impervious to conventional bombingand refusal to negotiate peaceful guarantees for the program or open up to U.N. inspectors have raised fears about Iran's ambitions as well as concerns about Gulf oil supplies.
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Iran also says that they want to exterminate the Jews. Why do we believe some of their pronouncements, but not others?
It’s down to what liberals selectively believe.
Peace Through Weakness
The respectful diplomatic outreach to the Ayatollah worked really well for Carter the Rabbit Hunter, did it not?
Oh, c’mon! Are our leaders really so naive to believe every problem can be solved by diplomacy??? Have they ever considered the possibility that some players don’t negotiate in good faith and don’t operate from the same cultural perspective? Do they realize some people aren’t selfish western secularists who can be bought off and are entirely willing to die for their causes? Even worse, do our guys ever consider the possibility that the process of negotiation itself is the strategy used to achieve national objectives?
Carter the Rabbit Hunter...
Tim: There he is!
King Arthur: Where?
King Arthur: What? Behind the rabbit?
Tim: It *is* the rabbit!
King Arthur: You silly sod!
King Arthur: You got us all worked up!
Tim: Well, that’s no ordinary rabbit.
King Arthur: Ohh.
Tim: That’s the most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered rodent you ever set eyes on!
Sir Robin: You tit! I soiled my armor I was so scared!
Tim: Look, that rabbit’s got a vicious streak a mile wide! It’s a killer!
Sir Galahad: Get stuffed!
Tim: He’ll do you up a treat, mate.
Sir Galahad: Oh, yeah?
Sir Robin: You manky Scots git!
Tim: I’m warning you!
Sir Robin: What’s he do? Nibble your bum?
Tim: He’s got huge, sharp... er... He can leap about. Look at the bones!
King Arthur: Go on, Bors. Chop his head off!
Sir Bors: Right! Silly little bleeder. One rabbit stew comin’ right up!
They don't seem to understand the fundamentals of diplomacy to boot. Negotiating from a stance of weakness is not diplomacy; it's appeasement. As the quote attributed to Frederick the Great goes, "Diplomacy without force of arms is like music without instruments"and when you're on the run, your "negotiating partner" just laughs. "Peace for our time" redux.
Oh, cmon! Are our leaders really so naïve to believe every problem can be solved by diplomacy?
Omoslem indeed wants a diplomatic solution: Iran gets nukes, threatens everybody, holds Israel at arm’s length while trying to overrun it with more aggressive terror proxies than ever before.
Today I was playing a video game called Crysis 2. The villain is a mad scientist named Hargreave who sells out the human race to aliens, and manipulates everybody to help the aliens take over and melt the humans into sludge.
Hargreave keeps marveling at how “elegant” and “efficient” the aliens are at “disposing of carcasses.” Every comment of his sounds like President Omoslem marveling at how efficient the Communist Chinese are, and how elegant and tolerant totalitarian islam is.
Omoslem has indeed betrayed us, and wishes he could hand Iran nukes himself. He’s attempting the next best thing — running interference until they’re nuclear-armed.
So it’s politically the best for his survival to wait.
Events out of our control will dictate what happens. Lots of things going on in the background, Gulf states do not want a nuclear Iran—nor does Israel. There may well be a way—without the USA to take out Iran—lots of ways to do it. Obama is too much of a coward to get us into a war—the only bad thing is when the US is weak it encourages our enemies.
it’s ‘RISKY’ letting obutthead finsih his first term !
Gosh! A diplomatic fix! He’s brilliant! Why didn’t anyone think of that before!!!
Excuse me, I think I need to go pound my head against the wall a bit.
Obama I think misunderstands Teddy Roosevelts motto Speak softly and carry a big stick.
It does no good for a man to carry a big stick if all who see him laugh at him because they know that he will never use it.
The organizer doesn’t understand, war IS diplomacy.
If he’d grown up on the South side of Chicago he’d