Frank Gaffney

The evidence is indisputable that Shiites and Sunnis can, when in pursuit of a common foe, overlook differences about particulars of their respective practices of Islam and the bitter enmity that has flowed from them for centuries.

A federal judge recently found that the mullahocracy in Tehran assisted Osama bin Laden's operatives in planning and executing the murderous attacks of 9/11. And Iran's "house arrest" of his family members and top al Qaeda operatives since then is now increasingly recognized as tantamount to providing safe haven, not imposing involuntary incarceration.

That being the case, one must add the capabilities of al Qaeda and its proliferating franchises to the ayatollahs' potential strike packages against this country. Never mind those official assurances that "al Qaeda core" has been diminished by years of drone strikes and Special Forces missions against their leadership. Iranian state-sponsorship ensures that we will face a continuing and growing danger from those terrorists and others committed to imposing worldwide the Islamist doctrine of shariah.

(Interestingly, in his congressional testimony last week, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper actually called this pan-Islamic front the "global jihad movement." This would appear to be a violation of clear Obama administration guidance that no association can be made between "violent extremism" and the Islamic impetuses behind nearly all of it. It also marks a considerable improvement over Clapper's preposterous declaration a year ago that the Muslim Brotherhood is a "largely secular organization" that has "eschewed violence.")

What about the reported agreement between Iran and Venezuela to base some of the former's ballistic missiles on the latter's territory? The timing of this deployment and the speed with which it metastasizes into a new Cuban Missile Crisis cannot be determined at this point. Still, the intent to threaten the United States certainly is evident, even if this particular capability to act on that intention thankfully has yet to be achieved.

Finally, Iran appears to have developed all but one of the ingredients needed to mount what has been described as a "catastrophic" attack on the United States: a strategic strike unleashing a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse. All that is lacking is a working nuclear weapon that can be launched aboard even a short-range missile from a ship off our coast.

Successive government and independent studies have established that such an attack would disrupt for a protracted time, and possibly destroy, our electrical grid and all the infrastructures that rely upon it.

Without them, our society and population simply cannot be sustained - giving rise to the distinct possibility of achieving Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's stated goal of "a world without America."

President Obama's statement that "we don't see any evidence" of Iran's intentions and capabilities to attack us is either witless or deceptive. Either way, it is as strong an argument as any for his defeat in November - assuming the mullahs have not acted in the meantime on their well-documented desire to eliminate us and our friends in Israel.


Frank Gaffney

Frank Gaffney Jr. is the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy and author of War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World .
 
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