But Then I Kept Reading And My Hope Turned Back To Angst
The statement you are about to read was made by President Obama at the G-20 Summit. It is regarding the second, smaller nuclear plant that Iran confessed to having this week. On its face it sounds as if we are ready to act to take it out. While that may be the case behind the scenes, follow-up statements by the Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates would seem to suggest otherwise. He makes a vague statement about how using military force would only be a stop-gap measure good for about three years of time.
Here is where my confusion bubbles to the top. If we do nothing and negotiate, impose toothless sanctions and U.N. Resolutions that also have no bite, it seems to me that Iran will be much less than three years away from having a deployable weapon. So what exactly is our Gates saying? Do the following statements have Ahmadinejad quaking in his boots. Judging from his rhetoric at the U.N. I think not.
October 1st negotiations will come and go, and the problem will still be there, growing more critical by the day. Here are the statements, first by the President, and then by Gates:
(New York Times) “Iran is on notice that when we meet with them on Oct. 1 they are going to have to come clean and they will have to make a choice,” he said. The alternative to giving up their program, he warned, is to “continue down a path that is going to lead to confrontation.
It seemed unlikely that by “confrontation” Mr. Obama meant military action. While the president said that option was still on the table, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates said on CNN on Friday that “the reality is that there is no military option that does anything more than buy time — the estimates are three years or so...”
Hopefully the rhetoric of Gates is meant to throw Iran a curve ball. Hopefully.