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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Why It's So Easy for Iran, Syria, Russia and other Bad Guys to Fool Obama

Obama really does believe it's all the fault of the U.S.!

Did you notice how quickly the Iranians jumped into the picture after Obama accepted the phony Russian offer to confiscate and destroy all Syria's chemical weapons? I guess they decided that they better move now before someone in the Obama Administration figures out how badly they've been duped and starts acting like adults.

Charles Krauthammer explains the method behind the Iranian move:
But successful negotiation is not what the mullahs are seeking. They want sanctions relief. And more than anything, they want to buy time.

It takes about 250 kilograms of 20 percent enriched uranium to make a nuclear bomb. The International Atomic Energy Agency reported in August that Iran already has 186 kilograms. That leaves the Iranians on the threshold of going nuclear. They are adding 3,000 new high-speed centrifuges. They need just a bit more talking, stalling, smiling and stringing along of a gullible West.

Rouhani is the man to do exactly that. As Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator between 2003 and 2005, he boasted in a 2004 speech to the Supreme Cultural Revolution Council, “While we were talking with the Europeans in Tehran, we were installing equipment in parts of the [uranium conversion] facility in Isfahan. . . . In fact, by creating a calm environment, we were able to complete the work in Isfahan.”
Such is their contempt for us that they don’t even hide their strategy: Spin the centrifuges while spinning the West.

And when the president of the world’s sole superpower asks for a photo-op handshake with the president of a regime that, in President Obama’s own words, kills and kidnaps and terrorizes Americans, the killer-kidnapper does not even deign to accept the homage. Rouhani rebuffed him.

Who can blame Rouhani? Offer a few pleasant words in an op-ed hailing a new era of non-zero-sum foreign relations, and watch the media and the administration immediately swoon with visions of détente.
Surely Obama and the people around him must know what are the real intentions of the Iranians? Or perhaps not. Obama and the associates with which he surrounds himself have been schooled from infants on an ideology that blames America and the lack of social justice for all the miseries of the world. The theory goes that if you cut America down to size then  all the bad guys will have less to fear and will moderate their behavior. Take a look around. How's that working out? Political instability, violence, radical Islam, civil war is spreading like the plague. Yet Obama tells the United Nations in his speech last week that " the world is more stable than it was five years ago." His ideology has blinded him to reality.

The bad guys around the world aren't so naïve and certainly not willfully ignorant when it comes to history and realpolitik. And they very quickly learned that if they flatter Obama's ego, do a little p.r. dance and say the right words they can go right on doing whatever it was they wanted to achieve their goals. They know Obama doesn't have the stomach, let alone the understanding, to tackle these real world challenges. He'll give a speech or two, declare victory then go back to bashing Republicans.

To be fair, Obama isn't the first American president to be fooled by a despot who said the right things and acted differently. Franklin Roosevelt accepted Stalin's promise that the countries of Eastern Europe would be free after the war to decide their own fate. He didn't live to see his mistake. Obama, who likens himself to FDR when he's not comparing himself to Lincoln or Reagan has had five years to figure out that talk is cheap and actions really do speak louder.

Unfortunately, Obama has never likened himself to Teddy Roosevelt. He doesn't understand "speak softly but carry a big stick." Instead, he speaks A LOT and tosses the stick away. Our strategic competitors around the world are taking us for fools and laughing all the while at the man who won the Nobel Peace Prize for doing nothing. War, bloodshed and more violence are the consequences of Obama's inability to tell friend from foe.

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