Gardiner said he firmly believes the threat from Iran is imminent, and that the only acceptable way of dealing with it is by abandoning any efforts to play nice. Unfortunately, that is about the last thing the Obama administration is willing to consider. Iran knows this, and is using the information to its advantage.
“The Iranian president seems to be running rings around the Obama administration’s weak-kneed policy of engagement, and making a mockery of the white house,” said Gardiner. “It’s time for an end to the foolheardy appeasement of Tehran. And time for strong forceful and tough action against a barbaric genocidal regime.”
Just this week, the value of gasoline imports dropped at the mere prospect of any sanctions in Iran, which could theoretically be imposed next week at the conference. Traders simply refused to do business with Iran if they were going to suffer economic consequences from the U.N.
The Pentagon, in contrast, is taking a more pacifist approach. This week they disclosed statistics about the nature of America’s nuclear arsenal as a kind of good-will measure before the nuclear conference. Such statistics had been classified for years. This, according to Schanzer, gets to the root of the problem.
“How much longer do we want to be engaged in this war of words, disclosing nuclear arsenals?” said Schanzer. “When will we use sanctions, when will we threaten the use of force? These things need to happen soon if we are to maintain any credibility in this game of chicken that we’re playing.”