Actually, it’s closer to three minutes to midnight. That is because Iran’s mullahs don’t care about sanctions. “Crippling” or “biting” as they may be, Iran can get around Western economic sanctions. Last weekend, the Obama administration quietly sought to bring pressure to bear on the Iraqi government that we fought to install in Baghdad . They tried to prevent Iraqi Shiites from helping Iranian Shiites skirt the restrictions on oil imports and exports. Prospects for Iraqi cooperation with the administration do not look promising.
But even if Iraq did cooperate and Russia didn’t aid Iran via Syria , sanctions don’t matter. The Iranian mullahs do not care if their own people are miserable. These are, after all, the same men who gave thousands of ten-year boys plastic keys to paradise and marched them through minefields in the ten-year Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s.
So, now, it seems Jeremiah Wright really was a prophet without honor. Now, the chickens really are coming home to roost. We have in inexperienced president on whose ability to interpret often contradictory intelligence data we have staked everything.
President Obama assured us that he never heard Rev. Wright’s anti-American rants. He wasn’t in the pew that weekend. Or any of those many weekends. He never thought to pick up a video of Rev. Wright’s sermons. He never asked anyone in that most agitated of congregations about those rants. He never picked up on any subtle or not-so-subtle signals. Or disturbing reports.
And it is to this most uncurious man, President Barack Obama, in this time and place, that we have entrusted so very much.
No wonder the Israelis’ clocks turn at different rates. The Israelis look to eternity. They look to the survival of the Jews, the oldest people on earth.
This American administration looks to November 6th and the next election. That is why the atomic clock is ticking. Three minutes to midnight . Tick. Tick. Tick.