The president’s embarrassingly weak response to Russian aggression in Europe, following his about-face on Syrian use of WMDs last year and the deeply flawed interim Iran agreement, should unnerve even the most loyal Democrats. The president is overwhelmed, if not paralyzed, by world events, and the plethora of threats increase with each failed response to determined adversaries. America is vulnerable because our president has been weak and his policies foolish.
Raymond Tanter at Foreign Policy looks at what a hypothetical post-mortem would look like if the Iran talks fail. As he notes, even the president has given talks only a 50-50 chance, so the exercise isn’t merely academic. He argues that a postmortem would conclude that we didn’t give Iran enough of an incentive to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.
President Obama couldn't resist confiding to a recent interviewer, "I am comfortable with complexity." In fact, he is comfortable with a kind of pseudo-complexity that lends itself to pseudo-thoughtful formulations.
In a rare show of bipartisanship, a group of key senators presented legislation to toughen sanctions against Iran during the Senate’s final sessions before the holiday break. The bill aims to alleviate mistrust of Iran’s seriousness in negotiations aimed at dismantling their military nuclear program, by raising sanctions to ensure that the cost would be too high for Iran if negotiations fail. Yet, the bill’s supporters — including many senior Democrats — have drawn fire from the Obama administration claiming that new sanctions could derail current gains.
Former Vermont governor Howard Dean surprised and delighted critics of President Obama’s Iran policy with the most cogent and forceful criticism of the interim deal from any Democrat to date. Speaking before a controversial anti-mullah group, he bashed Obama’s entire approach:
Former Obama adviser Dennis Ross wrote a curiously incomplete and unsatisfying piece for Politico, expressing concern that the Iranians won’t do what we want them to — dismantle their nuclear weapons program to such a degree that the country ceases to be a “threshold” nuclear power. Hmm. How did things go wrong? What happened here?
A bipartisan task force led by Ambassadors Dennis Ross and Eric Edelman is calling on the Obama administration to support a possible Israeli military strike on Iran as soon as July if no acceptable final nuclear agreement is reached with Tehran by then.
Last week the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs held its annual event honoring six young military heroes for their bravery in the war on terrorism. The six represent each of the five branches of the U.S. military and the U.S. Special Operations Command. These Grateful Nation awards have been held since 2003.