February 11, 2010

Iran Goes Nuclear

I guess it's not really a big surprise that Iran chose the 31st anniversary of the Iranian Revolution to announce that they are now a nuclear nation.  After all the gave us a sneak peak already. As it turns out, it's not as bad as it could have been, but far worse than it should have been allowed to be.

How could it have been worse?  The Daily Mail reports today;

This morning Ahmadinejad told scores of cheering Iranians that the Islamic Republic is capable of producing weapons-grade uranium.

Weapons grade uranium?  And gee, they've been testing those medium range ballistic missiles.  You want to bet there are those in the inner circle of Iranian politics itching to let fly with a ballistic nuclear shot at Israel?  Not to mention those rockets can range into Europe.  I'm certain that they would, in an instant, invoke a nuclear shield over the rapidly growing Muslim European population if they felt the laws there were anti-Islamic.  Never mind that dumping nukes on Europeans would kill Muslims in the process - jihad is Holy War after all.

But that's worst case scenario stuff.  They could have announced their presence with a launch, but there's no point.  A big part of the nuclear stick is the intimidation factor - knowing someone has it means you have to be more careful with them.  The problem is when you are dealing with radicals to begin with the tricky becomes trickier.

Which leads to the other point.  Everyone knew this was coming, despite the ridiculous assertions by the NIE that Iran was not seeking nuclear weapons.  Well, apparently not everyone.  Some, on the left, lived and still live, in fantasy world.  While Bush explicitly would have tried to prevent it, so to Hillary Clinton;

the same does not hold true for the Obama administration. Th clock ran out on Bush (and Hillary for that matter). What has the Obama administration done in the interim? Demanded inspection and offered a threat of sanctions. WASTE...OF...TIME. And Iran knew it.

C'mon! That's not really even tough talk.  Given the domestic agenda nightmare that's been going on with this administration, I've been hesitant to spend time focusing on all but the biggest international issues facing the United States.  Clearly so has the President.>

The problem with that approach is that dictators, and dangers are like weeds.  When there's no pesticide being applied regularly it doesn't take long for the problems to take root, and if you neglect the situation, pretty soon the weeds have overtaken the entire garden.

The United States, along with many others, blew this one.  And they blew it big time.  The potential consequences are menacing but now that the nuclear genie is out of the bottle for Iran, to paraphrase Newsweek, we're all targets now.  Isn't that just wonderful?

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