In a truly cowardly about face, Barack Hussein Obama reversed his promise to Israel to drive for speedy sanctions against Iran with or without the UN Security Council. On March 2, Hillary Clinton said that “Security Council” action would take several months, leaving Israel strung high and dry… again.
Several disturbing factors are becoming apparent. Iran’s recent movement of some 4300 lbs. of low-enriched uranium to an above-ground facility may be, and probably is, a shell game. A 45 ton shipment of N. Korean yellowcake uranium destined for Syria’s nuclear plant, which was destroyed by the Israeli Air Force, has turned up in Iran. Obviously hidden from IAEA inspectors and unknown until revealed in a Japanese intelligence report, the only question remaining is how many other unknown caches there are.
The US military may have issues of its own. Syria, Lebanon and Qatar will be hosting Iranian troops in an apparent ratcheting up for possible hostilities with Israel. Qatar is home to the largest Air Force Base outside of the continental United States. If war comes to the region, which seems likely, having Iranian troops in-country and within striking distance of a strategic base of this importance would draw America into the shooting war whether we wanted to or not. Hopefully, Iran would think twice about attacking a US facility, but one of the hallmarks of the fanatical Iranian regime is its instability and unpredictability.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad summoned his Islamist and terrorist allies to Tehran to ‘finalize’ their military roles at the outbreak of hostilities. Ehud Barak, Israeli Defense Minister, in response to threats by the Iranian and Syrian presidents, said that he didn’t think that it would be possible to “slide toward 2011 without decisions”. He also stated that in the event of the outbreak of hostilities, Israel would go after the Lebanese government and infra-structure and “other sources of sponsorship”.
Obama’s cowardly reversal won’t cause this war. But his refusal to support our ally has certainly moved the Middle East war counter down. Meanwhile, Israel’s military high command has completed a five day command and communications exercise assuming an assault from four separate sources.
Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis
© Skip MacLure 2010