Obama administration oblivious to Iran danger

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The attention of Americans understandably is riveted on the Obamacare fiasco. But the harm done by Obamacare can be ameliorated fairly quickly by repealing it.

There is no simple way to repair the damage that could result from Mr. Obama’s mammoth foreign policy blunder.

Between 60 and 80 million people died during World War II. It cost between seven and eight times the combined GDPs in 1938 of the 61 countries involved.

It was the greatest catastrophe ever to befall mankind, but unlike an earthquake, hurricane or tsunami, there was nothing inevitable about it. The leaders of the Western democracies could have prevented WWII if they’d been less blind to evil, shown more backbone.

The last, best opportunity came in the fall of 1938. The German General Staff made plans to overthrow Hitler if Britain and France honored their commitment to defend Czechoslovakia from Nazi aggression. But at Munich they agreed to the dismemberment of Czechoslovakia in exchange for Hitler’s promise not to invade anyone else.

The U.S. and allies will lift economic sanctions on Iran, in exchange for the mullah’s promise they’ll stop work on a nuclear bomb, the Obama administration announced Nov. 24. That’ll give Iran a cash infusion of at least $7 billion. We get...bupkes.

“What, in effect, we have done is acknowledge Iran’s nuclear program, give it legitimacy, not cripple it in any significant way, and begin to release billions of dollars in frozen funds, all in exchange for Iranian promises of good behavior over the next six months and a commitment to negotiating a new deal by the end of that period,” said retired diplomat W. Lewis Amselem. “They keep their thousands of centrifuges, have the right to repair any broken ones, and can enrich up to 5%, and we have no reliable way of knowing if they go beyond that.”

The mullahs don’t even have to cheat to keep enriching enough uranium to build 5 to 7 nuclear bombs.

Mr. Obama is taking the mullahs’ word for it their nuclear research is for peaceful purposes. You’d think a president who lies as often as he does would be more skeptical.

This “is the worst deal since Munich,” said columnist Charles Krauthammer.

It’s worse than Munich, said Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal, because Britain and France came to Munich as military weaklings. The U.S. and allies made dangerous concessions to Iran from a position of overwhelming strength.

Iran has made no secret of what it intends to do once it gets the bomb. For Israel, this is an existential issue.

We ought not to forget that Israel is the “Little Satan.” The administration has chosen not to defend our southern border. By sneaking a bomb across it, the mullahs could strike at the “Great Satan.”

Perhaps a nuclear armed Iran can be deterred from war, as the Soviet Union was. But for the leaders of the Soviet Union — who as good Communists were atheists — this world is all there is. Iran is run by religious fanatics who think a world war would speed up the return of the Mahdi.

Those who love life are deterred more easily than those who love death. But even with the Soviets, at least three times we came perilously close to nuclear war.

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Iran has been our most dangerous enemy. The danger is about to become orders of magnitude greater.

President Obama is oblivious to the threat, or indifferent to it. For him, politics trumps policy. He was eager for a deal to divert attention from the Obamacare fiasco.

And in politics, reality can be spun. His “historic” deal with Iran has prevented war, the president said, sounding like British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, who declared he’d obtained “peace in our time.”

In “rare good news” for the president, Americans — weary of war and unfamiliar with its terms — support the Iran deal, 44 percent to 22 percent, according to a recent Reuters/​Ipsos poll.

But always, reality eventually asserts itself. Cheering crowds greeted Chamberlain and French Premier Edouard Daladier on their return from Munich. Daladier knew it wouldn’t last. “The fools,” he said to an aide. “Why are they cheering?”

Not long after, the cheering stopped.

Jack Kelly writes for the Blade and The Pittsburgh Press. He can be reached at jkelly@post-gazette.com.

First Published December 6, 2013 4:58 PM

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