Saturday, September 26, 2009

Obama On Iran Sure Sounded Promising

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.


  1. I think this is only a hope, may it become fruitful and we can get best from it. But his step for solving this problem is very nice and appreciative.

  2. If diplomacy would work, that would be a greta thing. The problem is that it takes two parties to negotiate and Iran is not a serious party.

    Thanks for the comment.

  3. yea mike, why would anyone think you have any idea of what the fuck your talking about...your opinion of this situation is moronic...typical....head back to school mike..again, you don't know what your talking about and no one gives a shit about your opinion that's meaningless...