The multinational negotiations held over the weekend in Turkey with the ostensible purpose of halting Iran's nuclear weapons program will be followed by - drum roll - yet another round of talks in late May. Not surprisingly, the Iranian regime is calling this diplomatic exercise "a success."
Indeed, it is from their perspective. The Persians are, after all, the people who invented chess. They have millennia-old experience haggling about carpets and other merchandise in the bazaar. And they have the Obama administration and the rest of the so-called "international community" right where such strategically minded folks with a gift for besting their interlocutors want them: Talking, seemingly endlessly.
The Iranians know that as long as the United States and the other members of the Perm 5-plus-1 - diplo-speak for the Permanent Members of the UN Security Council (the U.S., Britain, France and the mullahs' patron/protectors, Russia and China) and Germany - are engaged in a diplomatic dance, they will insist that Israel not take matters into its own hands and strike Iran.
The predictable effect will be to give Tehran the time it needs to complete its longstanding bid to get the Bomb, even as President Obama's campaign flaks and foreign policy acolytes congratulate him on skillfully managing the vexing Iran portfolio.
Such a posture reminds me of the old cowboy put-down of someone who is "all hat and no cattle." If ever there were a case of someone who is good at the hat bit - talking big, gesticulating forcefully - but abysmal at the business of delivering, it is Barack Obama.
Sadly, the Iranian debacle is not the only example of Team Obama's all-hat-no-cattle foreign policy. A small sample of the most important of such behavior would include:
A reset with Russia that has amounted to nothing more than a serial give-away to the Kremlin on missile defense, on nuclear deterrence and the political cover the Russians' persist in providing rogue states like North Korea, Iran and Syria. One can only imagine how much worse this will get if the President gets reelected and can be even more "flexible" on such matters than he has been to date.
Coddling of China, even as it arms to the teeth with weapons designed to attack American forces and infrastructure - a number of which have emerged to the complete surprise of U.S. intelligence. In the face of such developments, to say nothing of what amount to acts of war as sustained PRC government-linked hacker attacks on public and private sector computer networks, the Obama administration has maintained what can only be described as a cordially accommodating, business-as-usual approach to Beijing.
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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