WASHINGTON, September 24, 2013 – President Obama spoke at the UN General Assembly in New York City today as if he held clout with the international representatives looking on. Except Barack Obama’s international reputation is not one of strength, sincerity or wisdom.
It is with a lack of dominance and absence of understanding that President Obama approaches the world, as he demonstrated in his latest dance with Russia’s Putin.
And now we see Obama misstepping with Iran.
Today at the UN, Obama said, “The United States and Iran have been isolated from one another since the Islamic revolution of 1979. This mistrust has deep roots. Iranians have long complained of a history of U.S. interference in their affairs and of America’s role in overthrowing the Iranian government during the Cold War.”
Short version: we caused the problem, Iran, and we understand why you’re aligned against us.
Obama continued, “On the other hand, Americans see an Iranian government that has declared the United States an enemy and directly or through proxies taken American hostages, killed U.S. troops and civilians, and threatened our ally Israel with destruction.”
At the very least, Obama admitted that Iran has stated, repeatedly, that the United States is an “enemy.” The Iranian leaders refer to the U.S. as “the big Satan” in fact, and Israel as “the little Satan.”
Obama also explained, “I don’t believe this difficult history can be overcome overnight. The suspicions run too deep. But I do believe that if we can resolve the issue of Iran’s nuclear program, that can serve as a major step down a long road toward a different relationship, one based on mutual interests and mutual respect.”
Implying that the “suspicions” are mutual and that the United States is to blame, whether partially or entirely, is to undermine America’s strength in the world even more so than being out-maneuvered by President Putin.
The Islamic fundamentalists who are in charge in Iran do not have a “mutual interest” with the U.S., or with Israel. It is impossible to have “mutual respect” with a country that believes Israel should not exist and has threatened to destroy Israel as recently as late August.
In response to the possible strike against Syria, on August 29 General Mohammad Ali Jafari, the Iran Revolutionary Guard chief, said the strike “will result in the imminent destruction of the Zionist regime of Israel.” The IRG operates under the control of the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
This was not a comment spoken out of turn.
Iran’s more recent interests in Syria go back to the early 1980s when Iran and Syria worked together in Lebanon to create a buffer against Israel. During the Iraq and Iran war, Syria was Iran’s only ally against Saddam Hussein. Syria, Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Iran constitute an “axis of resistance” against the Israeli-American alliance.
These groups continue, separately and together, to shell Israel and attempt to undermine her existence. Furthermore, this axis has wielded its influence in Afghanistan and Iraq, at the detriment of U.S. troops. Iran has positioned itself in precise opposition to the United States’ interests in the region.
Former Iranian President Ahmadinejad, addressing crowds in Tehran on August 2, said Israel “has no place in this region”.
“I will inform you with God as my witness, a devastating storm is on the way that will uproot the basis of Zionism,” Ahmadinejad said. Known for tirades against Israel, including denying that the holocaust even happened, Ahmadinejad could have been contradicted at any time by Ali Khamenei. Yet, in 2011 Khamenei reinforced his support for Ahmadinejad, saying that he “has been able to accomplish many great tasks.”
The newly elected president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, is successfully deceiving our president and the leaders of many other nations who believe that he is a moderate. The Brenner Brief reported on June 17 that Rouhani was “hand-picked” by Khamenei. As Joel Rosenberg foreshadowed in his blog in June, “Rouhani will start negotiating with the west. He will seem to be a “good guy” and will look like that [sic] he is making some progress. After months of negotiation, when both sides seem to be coming to an agreement, Khamenei will step in and veto the decision.”
This is to buy more time for Khamenei’s nuclear programs, and Obama is apparently prepared to oblige.
The U.S. will likely provide a tangible demonstration of trust, such as lifting sanctions on Iran, in exchange for non-tangible promises that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful and all prior comments against the west should be ignored.
Russia could work on Iran’s missile production as its own, while the Ayatollah’s top scientists operate in secret to weaponize the components of their “peaceful” nuclear program.
Khamenei is what is commonly referred to as “a twelver.” He believes in the coming of the 12th Imam to destroy Israel and the infadels, creating an Islamic global caliphate. In this Shia theology, nuclear weapons will hasten the 12th Imam’s return.
For conservatives who believe that Obama is a Muslim, if he were, he would understand this theology and have a clear comprehension of the threat we face from Iran. Instead, his belief that he is negotiating with a rational actor leads him to be deceived.
Secretary John Kerry and other foreign leaders who believe that Iran is a state with which we can negotiate fail to perceive and comprehend the actual motives of the Iranian clerics in charge.
With the announcement that the United States is going to meet with our counterparts from Iran, in conjunction with our allies, President Obama is making way for Iran to execute a perfect plan of deceit.
There is no hope for diplomacy with a nation whose leaders are focused with zeal on a theology that encourages their hostility.
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