President Obama responded calmly and masterfully to a heckler at one of his New York fundraisers this week. ‚ÄúHold on there, young lady, nobody‚Äôs announced a war just yet,‚ÄĚ he said. The protester demanded the U.S. not take military action against the escalating threat of Iran‚Äôs nuclear arms program.
We, immediately upon taking over, mapped out a strategy that said we are going to mobilize the international community around this issue and isolate Iran to send a clear message to them that there is a path they can follow that allows them to rejoin the community of nations, but if they refused to follow that path, that there would be an escalating series of consequences.‚ÄúMobilize the international community?‚ÄĚ Would that include Russia and China? Sec. of State Hillary Clinton recently called their non-cooperation at the UN on the matter of sanctions against Syria ‚Äúdespicable.‚ÄĚ Syria is a client state of Iran. If we cannot rely on Russia and China to help us with a non-nuclear Syria, how can we ever expect genuine cooperation with them on Iran? So far, both of these permanent members of the UN Security Council have been busy pulling the teeth of every UN sanctions resolution they see. Barack Obama may worry about rejoining ‚Äúthe community of nations.‚ÄĚ That was, ostensibly, the rationale for all his bowing with apologies tours of foreign capitals. But the Iranian Mullahs have shown no concern about rejoining the community of nations. They are happy enough dealing with Castro Cuba and Venezuela‚Äôs anti-American dictator Hugo Chavez. Contrast the feckless Obama administration‚Äôs handling of nuclear threats to Israel with that of Ronald Reagan in 1981. When the Israelis struck the Osirak reactor being built by Saddam Hussein, Israeli military leaders were invited to the Pentagon. Instead of being censured for their unilateral action, Reagan military chiefs wanted to know how they achieved such a stunning success. Amos Yadlin, former chief of Israel‚Äôs military intelligence, argues in this week‚Äôs New York Times that now may be the Jewish state‚Äôs ‚Äúlast chance‚ÄĚ to stop Iran‚Äôs nuclear bomb. We should never have allowed it to come to this. As Charles Krauthammer says, ‚ÄúIsrael was founded to prevent a second Holocaust, not invite one.‚ÄĚ Now is the time: Let Israel be Israel. [Editor's note: this article was coauthored by Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison]
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