I’ve been really out of the political loop lately what with moving to a new house and an increased work-load at my day job, so I’m not as attuned to the Libya situation as most bloggers out there. However, I did listen to President Obama’s speech on the radio tonight and had these reactions:
1) I wish what he said were true. By that I mean I wish he believed everything he was saying, that America can’t allow such carnage and won’t allow it to stand. This however raises the question why Libya? I’m not saying we shouldn’t be there. Maybe we should, but why Libya over Syria and Iran where atrocities are a daily occurrence?
2) I want President Obama to be strong on defense, but he seemed bound and determined to point out how this was an international effort while at the same time telling us Qaddafi’s aggression can’t be tolerated. In other words this was a speech geared toward 2012; the speech tried to appeal to the right and the left. That’s okay, they all do that, but I’d like to know what his endgame is. Actually I do know: 2012.
Regardless, all of this is making us take our eye off the ball, i.e. Iran. If any of the GOP candidates in 2012 want to be taken seriously, Iran has to be a constant talking point.
A nice writeup in the Daily Caller on John Bolton who they dub the “Criticizer in Chief.” When asked several times if he would consider running for President in 2012, he refused to say no and merely prevaricated that he’s not going to do anything “foolish.”
However, he makes an interesting point about a possible run:
When pressed as to whether that means he would consider a run, Bolton seemed to suggest that he might do it, at the very least to help put national security issues at the top of the debate agenda.
And that’s something we need. While the economy is understandably top of mind, we cannot forget about Iran.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton says Israel has three days left to strike at Iran’s nuclear facilities or it’ll be too late:
Bolton claimed Israel has only three days to strike before Russia “begins the fueling process for the Bushehr reactor this Friday,” after which any attack would cause radioactive fallout that could reach as far as the waters of the Persian Gulf.
I’m skeptical a strike is in the works, which means a nuclear Iran is pretty much a certainty.
Not a shock to anyone who pays attention and sees through the diplomatic double-speak, but few have the guts to spell it out like John Bolton.
The dirty little secret is that countries like Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia…pretty much everyone except Syria, would love to see Iran de-nuked and cut down to size. They’ll deny it up and down and condemn Israel if they do strike, but privately they’ll be relieved.
The situation in the world for the United States is now getting very scary. North Korea is showing major hostility. Iran is going to have nuclear weapons soon. The American president is doing nothing. Bill Kristol sums it up: (Hat tip: Gateway Pundit)
Well, I’ve returned to Vegas after a few days in the frozen tundra of Nebraska. I return to find that Iran is blowing up again and Obama doesn’t seem to care and
terrorists enemy combatants misunderstood prophets have been trying to blow up planes.
*sigh* I hope next year is better.
MORE: As usual, when I’m out of pocket, Charles Krauthammer fills in nicely:
As they say at Hot Air, “too good to check.” Could be true, or it could be something from the Mossad’s bag of tricks. Either way, gave me a huge laugh when I heard it this morning and I hope the story has some serious legs and this guy is driven even further into madness.
Kind of like someone else we know who may or may not have had a similar issue…
For they have elected a president with a firm grasp of reality. I don’t agree with Nicholas Sarkozy on everything, but on the stuff that really, really matters, he is golden.
From the National Post, via Breitbart:
“President Obama dreams of a world without weapons … but right in front of us two countries are doing the exact opposite.
“Iran since 2005 has flouted five security council resolutions. North Korea has been defying council resolutions since 1993.
“I support the extended hand of the Americans, but what good has proposals for dialogue brought the international community? More uranium enrichment and declarations by the leaders of Iran to wipe a UN member state off the map,” he continued, referring to Israel.
The sharp-tongued French leader even implied that Mr Obama’s resolution 1887 had used up valuable diplomatic energy.
“If we have courage to impose sanctions together it will lend viability to our commitment to reduce our own weapons and to making a world without nuke weapons,” he said.
Mr Sarkozy has previously called the US president’s disarmament crusade “naive.”
“We live in the real world, not the virtual world. And the real world expects us to take decisions.”