Sunday, April 18, 2010

Robert Gates: U.S. Lacks Policy to Curb Iran’s Nukes

While I pretty much suspected the Obama administration had no real plan for dealing with Iran’s nukes, it is kind of alarming to have those suspicions confirmed. Today in the New York Times there is a story about a leaked memo from Robert Gates. The memo is from January and it details his concerns that the administration has no backup plan should diplomatic means fail to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions. 
The New York Times: WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has warned in a secret three-page memorandum to top White House officials that the United States does not have an effective long-range policy for dealing with Iran’s steady progress toward nuclear capability, according to government officials familiar with the document. 
Several officials said the highly classified analysis, written in January to President Obama’s national security adviser, Gen. James L. Jones, came in the midst of an intensifying effort inside the Pentagon, the White House and the intelligence agencies to develop new options for Mr. Obama. They include a set of military alternatives, still under development, to be considered should diplomacy and sanctions fail to force Iran to change course. […] 
Mr. Gates’s memo appears to reflect concerns in the upper echelons of the Pentagon and the military that the White House did not have a well-prepared series of alternatives in place in case all the diplomatic steps finally failed. 
After reading the article, I am immediately reminded of what Sarah Palin said in response to Obama’s glib remark about her nuclear expertise
In foreign policy, we’ve got the makings of the Obama Doctrine: coddling our enemies while alienating allies.
The administration eased sanctions on Cuba and sided with Chavez against Honduran democracy. They won’t bring up human rights with China because, quote, ‘we know what they are going to say.’ They offer tepid sanctions on North Korea and ‘gold stars and cookies’ for the Sudanese President. They send letters to Iranian mullahs but can barely muster a word of support for the Green Movement seeking freedom and women’s rights in Iran!
And President Obama, with all that vast nuclear expertise he acquired as a community organizer, a part-time senator, and a candidate for president, has accomplished nothing to date with Iran or North Korea.
Meanwhile, this administration alienates our friends. They treated Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai poorly and acted surprised when he reacted in kind. And they escalated a minor zoning decision into a major breach with Israel, our closest ally in the Middle East.
Folks, someone needs to remind the President: Jerusalem is not a settlement. Israel is our friend. And the critical nuclear concerns of our time are North Korea, who has nuclear weapons, and Iran, who wants them. 
I am sure we will all be talking about Gates’ memo for the rest of the week. I also have a feeling that Robert Gates maybe making an early exit from this administration. I am also pretty sure that the administration will be out in full force fighting the political ramifications of this story. Too bad they don’t employ the same zeal when it comes to handling the nations true enemies. 


Liz said...

Translation: America lacks the leadership and desire to stop Iran's nukes. You see we have to get hit first.

Angie Lee said...

He won't remove his head from his nether-region until they drop a nuke on us, and maybe not even then, except maybe to restrict more of OUR freedoms and liberties rather then directing punishment where it belongs - against our enemies.

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