Obama on Iran: Time Not Unlimited, But No Deadlines
President Obama leveled yet another empty threat at Iran today at the United Nations, explaining that their “time is not unlimited.” However, Obama refused to set any red lines, and instead proclaimed that America still wanted to pursue diplomacy with Iranian dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad -- even as he condemned Ahmadinejad as a propped-up dictator.
Here’s the transcript:
In Iran, we see where the path of a violent and unaccountable ideology leads. The Iranian people have a remarkable and ancient history, and many Iranians wish to enjoy peace and prosperity alongside their neighbors. But just as it restricts the rights of its own people, the Iranian government props up a dictator in Damascus and supports terrorist groups abroad. Time and again, it has failed to take the opportunity to demonstrate that its nuclear program is peaceful, and to meet its obligations to the United Nations.
Let me be clear: America wants to resolve this issue through diplomacy, and we believe that there is still time and space to do so. But that time is not unlimited. We respect the right of nations to access peaceful nuclear power, but one of the purposes of the United Nations is to see that we harness that power for peace. Make no mistake: a nuclear-armed Iran is not a challenge that can be contained. It would threaten the elimination of Israel, the security of Gulf nations, and the stability of the global economy. It risks triggering a nuclear-arms race in the region, and the unraveling of the non-proliferation treaty. That is why a coalition of countries is holding the Iranian government accountable. And that is why the United States will do what we must to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
This is transparent gobbledygook. Obama has no intention of setting any actual limits on Iran. He’s right that Iran’s a threat. But he has done nothing to contain or stop them. The idea that a “coalition of countries is holding the Iranian government accountable” is laughable. They’re moving full speed ahead on nuclear development. And Obama clearly doesn’t want to do what we must to prevent Iran from going nuclear. Hell, he won’t even let Israel do what it can to prevent Iran from going nuclear, repeatedly leaking Israeli military secrets to the press via the Department of Defense.
Obama lays out a great case for doing something about Iran. Too bad he won’t do it, and will prevent others from doing it.