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February 02, 2009

Well, It Looks Like Obama's Overture to Iran Went Swimingly...

One of the top rules in business and politics is to never show weakness, especially to your enemies. With 24 hour news cycles and the Internet, it's too easy for any show of weakness to become the new defining meme about your business, your candidacy, your government, or even you as an individual.

If President Barack Obama had ever had a real job in the real world, perhaps he'd know this. But he didn't, so he's going to have to learn the hard way.

Lesson #1 just came courtesy of Iran. That particular country is our enemy - and has been our enemy since 1979. It actively engages in the sponsorship of terrorism, kills our soldiers, and slaughters innocent unarmed civilians across the world. It's vowed the destruction of our ally Israel, ignores the laws and will of the international community and will soon have nuclear weapons.

But President Obama has determined that if we act nicer towards Iran all of the problems with that country will magically disappear. So he's instructed that we bypass the international community and hold direct talks with Iran. For what purpose, or what we will offer Iran in such talks, remains unclear.

So how did that go over with Iran? Not so well. Predictibly, Iran views this overture as a sign of weakness, and is making the most of it.

US President Barack Obama's offer to talk to Iran shows that America's policy of "domination" has failed, the government spokesman said on Saturday.

"This request means Western ideology has become passive, that capitalist thought and the system of domination have failed," Gholam Hossein Elham was quoted as saying by the Mehr news agency.

"Negotiation is secondary, the main issue is that there is no way but for (the United States) to change," he added.

After nearly three decades of severed ties, Obama said shortly after taking office this month that he is willing to extend a diplomatic hand to Tehran if the Islamic republic is ready to "unclench its fist".

In response, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad launched a fresh tirade against the United States, demanding an apology for its "crimes" against Iran and saying he expected "deep and fundamental" change from Obama.

Iranian politicians frequently refer to the US administration as the "global arrogance", "domineering power" and "Great Satan".

Tensions with the United States have soared over Iran's nuclear drive and Ahmadinejad's vitriolic verbal attacks against Washington's close regional ally Israel.

Former US president George W. Bush refused to hold talks with the Islamic republic -- which he dubbed part of an "axis of evil" -- unless it suspended uranium enrichment, and never took a military option to thwart Tehran's atomic drive off the table.


What Obama has done is show weakness to a country that is our primary enemy in the world right now. That strengthens, not weakens, Iran and its regime. Iran will use this as a go-ahead signal to complete their nuclear program, which will then be used to outfit their terrorist organization proxies with nuclear weapons. I'd anticipate a nuclear strike in Israel soon after, followed by strikes against our military bases in the Middle East. Wouldn't be surprised if Iran then attempted a nuclear terrorist strike within the United States, either.

Is all of the above guaranteed to happen? No, but if your primary responsibility as President of the United States is to protect the country and its interests, you have to think that way, especially when dealing with a proven intractable enemy. Otherwise, you end up with 9/11.

Well done, Mr. President.

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