Want War With Iran… They Should Say So.

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This has been President Obama’s response when challenged by the press for inconsistencies with foreign policy. His natural defensive reaction to such pressure has been to point the finger of blame or attempt to divert attention away from the topic at hand – a textbook ‘Aulinsky’ tactic. Rather than explain his own actions, or inactions in some cases, he reverts to calling out GOP Primary candidates. While America is in dire need of strength and leadership, especially with foreign policy in the Middle East, President Obama simply cannot resist the urge to politicize every single issue.

There are two significant issues to examine here. First, the United States has been weak and inconsistent when dealing with Iran. There is little question that Iran’s leaders continue to pursue a nuclear weapon, continue to publically dismiss all challenges and criticism, and most egregious of all, they continue to oppress the citizens. The evil regime of Iran has not yet faced real pressure to change their behavior.

In fact, the optimal moment to exert that pressure passed when the Revolutionary Guard bullied the people of Iran back into hiding in 2009 when they had taken to the streets in protest. They were among the first citizenry to organize and protest in an ‘Arab Spring’ type of freedom movement. President Obama didn’t even offer them a verbal expression of support! This is far and away the worst regime in power throughout the Middle East. The United States should have made regime change a high priority and should have pledged support to the citizens of Iran.

Instead of supporting the coalesced freedom movement in Iran, President Obama chose to continue implementing sanctions and economic disruption efforts. These economic disruptions harm the citizens far more than the Government Officials, slowing commerce and keeping money and resources out of the hands of those that need them.

Another point regarding these ‘sanctions’; in 2009 President Obama did comment that ‘we won’t exert sanctions forever… everything is on the table…’  Well, here we are in 2012 and he’s still insisting that he wants to use a containment strategy and sanctions, but again ‘not bluffing’ that everything is on the table. Clearly Iran feels no pressure to change their behavior. They continue to test weapons, insult America, and make dire threats to our only ally in the region, Israel.

The second major problem with President Obama’s foreign policy is the inconsistency. The mystery here is why some Middle Eastern nations are permitted to murder citizens, turning their own armies loose on the streets. The people of Iran took to the streets in protest, no differently than the people of Egypt, Libya, and others. However, the U.S. was compelled to provide drones, air support, no-fly zones, as well as verbal commitments of support for the people – only for certain countries… Why?

While Syria is murdering its citizens by the THOUSANDS, President Obama seems to sit idly by watching it happen. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Libya, and Yemen armies killed at least dozens of citizens under the direction of totalitarian regimes. What are the criteria for getting U.S. support? Who is selecting the nations that will get our support? Americans are right to be confused and should challenge the foreign policy decisions being made by our ‘regime’. We are sending messages to the world of weakness and inconsistency at a critical moment in history when the world is in need of our leadership.

Check This Book Out

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On occasion, I’ll read something that makes me feel compelled to share – I am reading such a book right now!

The 5000 Year Leap

This is a really easy read, though I have found myself reading sections a second time to grasp the simple yet forward looking concepts outlined here. The bulk of the text is a list of 28 principles laid out by the founding fathers of the United States. Each is outlined with an impression or interpretation by the author, W. Cleon Skousen.

I’ve decided to share this because I am very much concerned about the direction of our great nation. This book hits home with the core and foundation beliefs of the great minds that built the United States. This country was truly designed to be the greatest free nation under God. Unfortunately, we are straying from their perfect vision and we need to change course.

Please, check this book out and pass it on if you feel the same way.