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  • Jill 1:16 PM on 04/18/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , nuclear proliferation,   

    When smart power fails 

    This is pretty scary.

    John McCain and William Jacobson already knew that Obama has no Iran nuclear strategy. But now it’s official.  NYT:

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has warned in a secret three-page memorandum to top White House officials that the United States does not have an effective long-range policy for dealing with Iran’s steady progress toward nuclear capability, according to government officials familiar with the document.

    Several officials said the highly classified analysis, written in January to President Obama’s national security adviser, Gen. James L. Jones, came in the midst of an intensifying effort inside the Pentagon, the White House and the intelligence agencies to develop new options for Mr. Obama. They include a set of military alternatives, still under development, to be considered should diplomacy and sanctions fail to force Iran to change course.

    Jennifer Rubin comments:

    Really, it’s jaw-dropping that, at this stage, Gates must sound the alarm, reminding everyone that nothing they’ve done so far has or is likely to work. Indeed, it’s hard to see how what the Obami are presently doing won’t impair those military options. After all, Obama is giving the Iranians cover to move ahead with their nuclear program while the UN dithers over negotiations about ineffective sanctions. The problem, we must conclude, is Obama, himself, who seems blissfully unaware of his own inadequate and misguided efforts. (”Some officials said his memo should be viewed in that light: as a warning to a relatively new president that the United States was not adequately prepared. He wrote the memo after Iran had let pass a 2009 deadline set by Mr. Obama to respond to his offers of diplomatic engagement.”)

    Allahpundit’s take:

    Of course they didn’t prepare alternatives. How could they possibly fathom that diplomacy might fail? The core plank of “smart power,” such as it is, has always been the Obama charm offensive. Simply by being the anti-Bush and offering an open hand to Iran, he would convince Tehran to unclench its fist and open a dialogue. Bush was the problem (he always is!) and once the problem was removed, solutions would inevitably follow. So why bother developing a Plan B? The result: Iran’s now enriching uranium to 20 percent purity and rolling out advanced centrifuges, which means nuclear “breakout” capacity, i.e. the ability to build a bomb quickly even if they haven’t yet done so, won’t be long in coming.

    Hubris can bring down more than just the tragic hero. Obama’s ego is a national, even international, liability.

    • rubyslipperblog 2:36 PM on 04/18/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Legal Insurrection also had a post on potential reasons liberal law school students were so sad despite the fact Democrats control all of government. I suspect they are sad because they recognize Democrats are striking during their turn at bat. Obama’s narcissistic ego refuses to entertain that possibility. Where he should be scaling back he is doubling down. He blatantly ignores signs his “smart power” strategy is failing because it doesn’t fit in his world view that he is both omniscient and omnipotent. Making matters worse Obama has surrounded himself with ego fuel in the form of Valerie Jarrett, Gibbs and Michelle. This is why insiders need to leak such devastating information in hopes of breaking Obama’s feedback loop telling him he can not fail. You are exactly right his ego is a huge liability. Personally I have my doubts that a blowout in November will be enough to take down this narcissistic ego.

    • fuzislippers 9:42 PM on 04/18/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hmm, well, at least the NYT is recognizing what we’ve always known about cookies and hugs as foreign policy. Better late than never? We’re obviously heading straight into a nuclear world war, but I guess the libbies will just blame whomever we elect in 2012, conveniently ignoring (as always) that it’s their failed policies that always get us into dire straights the world over.

      • backyardconservative 10:38 PM on 04/18/2010 Permalink | Reply

        My God. When the NY Times leaks memos that in the void point out we need a more hawkish stance you know things are bad. Maybe they are noticing that big hole in Manhattan.

    • RightKlik 12:40 PM on 04/19/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’d like to know when “smart power” has ever succeeded.

  • Obi's Sister 3:32 PM on 04/14/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: nuclear proliferation, ,   

    A Jobs-Lost Visual Aid 

    A map of employment gains or losses by county tells the story of how those job losses first struck in the most vulnerable regions and then spread rapidly to the rest of the country.

    It won’t embed here, so go there. I’ll wait.

    Nauseous? I bet. Add to that the fact that the Obama White House said nuclear blast victims would have to “wait” if when America is attacked due to his spineless performance as POTUS.

    If he can’t tax us to death, he’ll watch us die of radiation poisoning.

    And yes, I’m in a bad mood today. Thanks for asking!

    • Jill 4:03 PM on 04/14/2010 Permalink | Reply

      That map speaks 1000 words.

      Good grief! I just clicked on the nuclear link! #$@%&?!

  • nosheepleshere 3:06 AM on 04/09/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Medvedev, nuclear proliferation,   

    Nuclear Zero And The Doomsday Clock 

    The Cold War was a major force in world politics for most of the second half of the twentieth century (from 1945 until 1989). A few believe it ended when the United States and the Soviet Union improved relations during the nineteen-sixties and early nineteen-seventies. Others believe it ended when the Berlin Wall was torn down in 1989, or when the Soviet Union collapsed in late 1991.  

    START I, signed in Moscow by George H.W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev on July 31, 1991, pushed the Doomsday Clock back seven minutes—the single biggest reset, to the safest moment in Doomsday history: 17 Minutes to Midnight.  The Doomsday Clock is currently set at 6 Minutes to Midnight.

    Fearless Reader’s notion that good deeds and soaring rhetoric begets good deeds is laughable. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad outright mocked his “new” nuke strategy saying, “American materialist politicians, whenever they are beaten by logic, immediately resort to their weapons like cowboys. Mr. Obama, you are a newcomer. Wait until your sweat dries and get some experience.”

    The NPT is full of problems. While the strategy outlines many current threats accurately, its solutions are based on the misguided belief that the right message is enough to scare Iran and North Korea into submission.  Another problem is the assumption that if the U.S. leads by example, others will follow.

     1.    Will North Korea now agree to scale back its military nuclear program?

     2.   Will Iran agree to live up to its international obligations and allow proper IAEA inspections of its nuclear facilities?

     3.   Will Pakistan and India scale back their military nuclear programs?

     4.   Will terrorists have less access to the roughly 10,000 tactical nuclear bombs Russia has, which are not covered by the new treaty?

     5.   Will the NPT be revised, especially to close the clause that allows nations to quit the treaty—and take with them their dual-use faculties—and legally make bombs?

    The world is better off if Russia is weakened—not so if America is weakened. Our allies rely upon our strategic offensive power to deter attacks against them. Their vital interests and ours are inextricably linked.

    Fearless Reader’s utopian vision of a world without nuclear weapons will send a signal of decline, of lessened will, to friends and adversaries alike. It was President Ronald Reagan who said in his Address to the Nation on National Security on March 23, 1983, “Free people must voluntarily, through open debate and democratic means, meet the challenge that totalitarians pose by compulsion. It’s up to us, in our time, to choose and choose wisely between the hard but necessary task of preserving peace and freedom and the temptation to ignore our duty and blindly hope for the best while the enemies of freedom grow stronger day by day.”

    Read more at No Sheeples Here.


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