Obama’s Failed Policy on Iran

Obama promised to bring a more “civil” approach to dealing with Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons. He convinced many voters that sitting down and talking to Ahmadinejad combined with gathering more support through the UN would solve the problem. This approach has been a failure and Iran is now closer to obtaining nuclear weapons because of it.

Obama, along with French president Nicolas Sarkozy, recently declared that he hopes to have international sanctions against Iran in place within weeks. He also admitted that he does not have the support of the international community he would like, saying “…that’s something that we have to work on”. Sarkozy agreed and added that “The time has come to take decisions”.

Unfortunately, the time for decisions passed long ago and the delay brought about by Obama’s attempts at discussion and international unity allowed Iran to continue its nuclear program with impunity. Ahmadinejad used Obama like a puppet, sneering at his attempts at diplomacy while stalling for time. Sanctions are no closer now than they were when Obama took office but Iran is closer to its goal.

A newly released CIA report says that Iran is poised to begin producing nuclear weapons because of its expanded nuclear program in 2009. The International Atomic Energy Agency recently reported what should have been obvious all along, that there are concerns “…about the possible existence in Iran of past or current undisclosed activities related to the development of a nuclear payload for a missile.”

Obama idealistically ignored the obvious. His attempts at getting support from Russia and China failed miserably and his international efforts have alienated US allies rather than gain more support. Israel, a staunch US ally whose support is critical in the Middle East, has been insulted by Obama while dictators have been treated like family.

Obama’s focus on obtaining political success with the health care bill put Iran on the back burner.  His inexperienced and idealistic approach to all foreign affairs has been a flop. His willingness to accept delay in dealing with Iran indicates that he still doesn’t get it. It may already be too late.

David J. Hentosh

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