Ken Blackwell

Nothing in the past four years of talking has slowed Iran's lunge for nuclear weapons. Not President Obama's "open hand instead of a clenched fist." Not his New Year's greetings to Iranians and their leaders. Not the Obama administration's desire to avoid "meddling" when thousands of Iranian students cried out in the streets of Tehran for democracy--and were shot down by order of a fraudulently re-elected Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Prime Minister Netanyahu pleaded for the West to give Iran "red lines," to show them our determination to act if they went beyond certain well-marked points in their nuclear program. Sec. Clinton publicly rebuffed Netanyahu's plea. No red lines. No deadlines. Just talk. And hope.

The Obama administration's Iran policy has been all hope and no change. The U.S. has bunker buster bombs that reportedly could destroy Iran's nuclear facilities as they take them deep underground. But would a re-elected Peace Prize winner ever use those bunker busters? Or, would he rely, as he is being daily urged to rely, on deterrence.

Columnist Charles Krauthammer has shown why deterrence with a regime like Iran's will not work. [http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/charles-krauthammer-the-deterrence-works-fantasy/2012/08/30/20c0a3ea-f2d8-11e1-892d-bc92fee603a7_story.html] In addition to Dr. Krauthammer's powerful case, there has to be something else for an adversary to consider:

Will the U.S. actually use the weapons it has? Under the invertebrate Jimmy Carter, Ambassador Malcolm Toon--Carter's handpicked envoy to Moscow--said he feared for the U.S. for the first

time in his 30-year career. That was because he saw how contemptuous the Soviets were of Carter's weakness.

When we permit Ahmadinejad (and Qaddafi before him) to visit New York and spew anti-Semitic hatred from the podium of the UN General Assembly, we may think we are showing admirable patience and forbearance; we may think we are demonstrating our liberal values to these dictatorial regimes. But they view this as a sign of our weakness. They are not deterred by weak-willed acquiescence.

Hitler was genuinely surprised when Britain and France declared war on him in 1939 following his invasion of Poland. He had met Prime Minister Chamberlain and Premier Daladier at Munich and had taken their measure. He thought they would never carry out their threats.

Nothing in the conduct of this administration's policy toward Iran has given the mullahs the slightest indication that President Obama and Sec. Clinton will actually use overwhelming force to stop their nuclear arms race. If the fact that the U.S. has 5,113 nuclear warheads of its own (which this administration unconscionably told the world) does not deter them, why should anything else prevent them from achieving the goal for which they live?

The mullahs see nuclear weapons as a way of annihilating the hated "Zionist entity." If they destroy Israel, then they will have the upper hand in the playing out of their millennial rivalry with opponents within Islam. They can claim that Shiites, not Sunnis, did this great thing.

No red lines, no deadlines, no sanctions, or UN resolutions can deter them. Someone must stop them. All the dithering and drift from the Obama administration is sending a powerful message to Israel: We're not in this together: You're on your own. President Obama is forcing Israel's hand.


Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at Townhall.com, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
 
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