Seven days after his inauguration, President Obama nearly gave Ahmadinejad precisely what he had “demanded,“ making a regionally televised address to “the Muslim world” in the Middle East (he did this even before addressing the American people, or a joint session of Congress) wherein he assured Muslims that America is not their enemy, and that America wants peace with all. In March, a U.S. diplomat met with an Iranian representative to further “ease tensions” between the two nations, and to diplomatically urge Iran to forego its plans for nuclear weapons.
And now in April, what has become of U.S. / Iranian relations?
Seven thousand centrifuges, that’s what. Without getting in to some detailed discussion about weapon’s technology, suffice it to say that seven thousand centrifuges is a threshold, a milestone that signifies capability for both serious nuclear power generation, and serious nuclear weapon capability. Despite roughly nine weeks of “diplomacy,” apologizing, assurances of “peace making” and discarding of the wisdom of the past five U.S. Presidents by Barack Obama, Iran is undeterred in its quest for nuclear weaponry that can both hit the U.S., and potentially obliterate Israel.
As if Iran isn’t providing enough to think about, there’s also Russia to consider. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took a clever approach during her trip their last month, handing over an actual “re-set button” device to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, in an effort to signify that the U.S. intends to “re-set” U.S. / Russian relations after the oh-so-damaging Bush presidency (never mind that the “re-set” language was interpreted incorrectly). And to show their appreciation for our re-setting, Russia is now partnering with the dictator of Venezuela, and once again sending their troops to engage in “military exercises” in our hemisphere, along the shores of Cuba. This, of course, is the same Russia that touched-off international fears when they flew military jets into Canadian airspace during President Obama’s visit to Ottawa in February.
And then there’s China - - a dust-up with a U.S. Navy ship, and a call for a new international currency to replace the dollar, all in the month of March. And despite President Obama’s pleas for “diplomacy” and “negotiations,” North Korea defied international will and launched a missile last weekend, sending it flying over Japanese airspace.
Given these and other international tensions, it’s apparent that the world is not responding to Obama’s charm and recapitulations and apologies and kindness the way he believes it should. Mr. Obama would do well to rely less on his charm and kindness, and become more like the Phillips family - - focused on surviving in a dangerous world.
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.