Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Obama Advisors: Nuclear Iran Wouldn't Be The End Of The World

Monday, February 23, 2009
From the blogspot Holger Awakens
Obama Advisors: Nuclear Iran Wouldn't Be The End Of The World

Good grief - if this article here at the Los Angeles Times doesn't encapsulate the dove-like nature of the Obama administration, I don't know what does. It appears that the feeling among Obama's security advisors is that it's going to be impossible to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons but hold on everyone, hold the phone....these same advisors are saying that the Iranians will be responsible with those nukes! Whew! What a relief, huh? We've all been worried about the crazy lunatic mullahs in Iran have access to nuclear weapons and now, the omnipotent advisors of President Obama are here to assure us it just won't be that bad! Here's some of the details:

If diplomacy fails, another Obama advisor wrote in the same report, the alternative "is a strategy of containment and punishment." That was the conclusion of Ashton B. Carter, Obama's reported choice as an undersecretary of Defense, who also warned: "The challenge of containing Iranian ambitions and hubris would be as large as containing its nuclear arsenal."Most (and maybe all) of Obama's advisors see the costs of attacking Iran as outweighing the benefits. If Iran gets closer to acquiring nuclear weapons, they've warned, military action won't look any more appetizing than it did under George W. Bush.

And there is some optimism among administration officials that a nuclear Iran would practice restraint. Gary Samore, Obama's top advisor on nuclear proliferation, and Bruce Riedel, who is running Obama's review of policy on Afghanistan and Pakistan, wrote last year that a nuclear-capable Iran, while undesirable, would not be the end of the world. For example, they argued, it seems unlikely that Tehran would give nuclear weapons to terrorists."If Iran acquires nuclear weapons, it is likely to behave like other nuclear weapons states, trying to intimidate its foes, but not recklessly using its weapons," Samore and Riedel wrote in a report for the Brookings Institution and the Council on Foreign Relations. "As such, Iran will be subject to the same deterrence system that other nuclear weapons states have accommodated themselves to since 1945."

So there you have it folks...a strategy of "containment" for those nasty nukes with mullahs at the end of the big red button - the same mullahs who have vowed to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. Oh, and you gotta feel a great sense of peace by this statement:

Obama might declare that a nuclear attack on Israel would be treated as an attack on the U.S. homeland.

Enouraging, huh? I mean, I'm sure it is comforting to the Israeli people to hear that if 1.5 million of their people are murdered by an Iranian nuclear attack, the mighty United States under President Obama will consider that bad and might just make Iran pay for it.
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