When All Else Fails – Use Force.
Posted by politicizer on June 15, 2009
Cynthia Meyer, Staff Writer
How the Obama Administration is repeating the deadly mistakes of the Clinton foreign policy.
The American public is distracted. Right now, we are in the middle of a deep recession. Unemployment is the highest we have seen in decades, and your average Joe is worried about keeping his job and supporting his family. And while it is important that we be concerned about this rapid expansion of government through “stimulus” (spending), bailouts, and “spreading the wealth around”, we often have the tendency to let issues that seem urgent divert our attention away from issues of equal or greater importance. Usually, and regrettably, the neglected issue is one of foreign policy and national security. For example, while mass genocide was being committed by Nazi Germany, we were distracted at home—and it wasn’t until it directly affected us, it wasn’t until we got hit with Pearl Harbor, that we entered WWII to forcefully cease the growing German power and claim victory. America was distracted, and we came in too late.
We have been at war with radical Islamic fundamentalists ever since 9/11, but they have been at war with us for decades. They have hated the United States, Western values, and capitalism, and they have been threatening us and attacking us long before they drove our planes into the twin towers. We just didn’t realize this until it was too late, and we are now fighting a war that should have been fought a long time ago.
Today, we face two growing threats that must be stopped. In his carefully worded speeches, BarackObama is sure to acknowledge that North Korea and Iran should not possess nuclear weapons. But acknowledgement is not enough. It is absolutely necessary for us to act now to prevent a future disaster.
In entering his presidency, Obama’s vision was to open up diplomatic talks, attempt peaceful relations with our enemies, and reason with hateful, power-hungry dictators. His outlook was framed by his campaign and by the media as “change”– new and refreshing and civilized.
It is now past his hundred days mark and these countries that we have reached out to have only become more rebellious. Flexing its muscles, North Korea launched a successful nuclear test and new traces of Uranium have been found in Iran.
But how did this happen? How could Obama’s diplomacy fail? Maybe because we have tried all of this before and it has never worked. This isn’t “change”, it is the same weak diplomacy Democrats constantly try to sell to the American people, wrapping it in flowery, idealistic rhetoric just to have it fail miserably and threaten our national security.
Remember the Clinton years? We granted North Korea diplomacy and economic aide to cease their nuclear program; talks and negotiation with North Korea are nothing new. But in return, Kim Jong Il took the cash, fuel, and food, and then continued his program anyways. He has made it very clear that he has absolutely no intention of hindering his nuclear activities so long as he has the means to do so. Now is the time to change course and break this pattern of failed peacekeeping. North Korea must be denuclearized, and the United States must take the lead. When diplomacy has been unsuccessful for decades, it is time to use force.
On his apology tour in Cairo, Obama defended Iran’s right to maintaining their nuclear program:
“No single nation should pick and choose which nations hold nuclear weapons. That is why I strongly reaffirmed America’s commitment to seek a world in which no nations hold nuclear weapons. And any nation — including Iran — should have the right to access peaceful nuclear power if it complies with its responsibilities under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. That commitment is at the core of the Treaty, and it must be kept for all who fully abide by it. And I am hopeful that all countries in the region can share in this goal.”
First of all, anybody confused as to why Iran has the right to develop nuclear energy, but we don’t? Obama has said he won’t build anymore nuclear plants in the US.
Also, Iran tells us that their secretive nuclear ambitions are “peaceful”, but then expresses violence and hostility towards Israel, threatening to annihilate them and denying the Holocaust. If Obama is going to tell us that the reason why Iran is pursuing nuclear power is strictly for energy purposes and public welfare, he must take us for fools. Nobody is convinced that Iran’s motives are peaceful. We are dealing with a violent country that is one of the biggest state sponsors of terrorism. I don’t think it would be wise to give Iran the benefit of the doubt, here. The costs of being wrong are too high.
Imagine if the same group that planned and carried out the 9/11 attacks got a hold of nuclear weapons through Iran or North Korea. What could anybody do at that point?
With that said, brute force is necessary for Iran and North Korea. We played by our new president’s rulebook. We tried negotiating and reasoning with them (again), and that failed (again). The fact of the matter is that both of these countries are determined to expand their international influence and power, and obtaining nuclear weapons is essential to that goal. In cases like these, reasoning with the enemy does not work. We can no longer tolerate tiptoeing around Iran and North Korea. Either we physically stop them, or we let disaster happen– and then scratch our heads wondering why diplomacy didn’t work.