This post is for all those folks who are still sniffing pixie dust in Never-Never Land, who breathed a sigh of relief when there was no longer a cowboy in the White House. But let us just say that while Dubaya wasn’t our fair-haired boy, no one in Iran thought to threaten the United States with an attack on our forward deployed bases when Bush was president.
According to one news source, Iranian Aerospace General Amir Ali Hajizadeh has warned that his country will target US bases in the region in the event of war with Israel [Source]. This could actually signal two things: first, that the Iranians believe Israel is getting ready to strike and have filled their Depends, or that Iran is hoping Øbama will send Israel to a time out.
The fact that Geeez is not a Barack-friendly blog should come as no surprise to anyone. We think Øbama is bad for America. But this isn't about D’s or R’s … nor even conservative vs. liberal philosophy. It’s about common sense. The present administration doesn't have any. Well, let us hedge on that just a little bit. If the present administration has any common sense, it’s a better-kept secret than Dick Cheney’s location on 11 September 2001.
If there was any common sense, someone from the State Department would be sending back-channel signals to the Iranians to this effect: “Bluster all you want to, but remember these words: if you attack Israel, if you attack any US base, if you attack any ally of the United States, we will miraculously and immediately transform Tehran into a Wal-Mart parking lot. And we won’t even give you a fair warning that the egg is on its way. And also, tell your Russian buddies to back off because we’re not in the mood for any of their crap either.”
We feel certain that a sincere communiqué, sent back-channel (allowing Iran to save face), would cause Iran to sit down and shut up. It would also reassure Israel and cause them to curtail their threatening rhetoric. That’s what should happen. That is what would defuse a situation growing more dangerous by the day.
But is that what is really happening? We doubt it. We think Barack Øbama is consulting with Hillary Clinton at this very hour, devising an apology to Iran, the promise of $16 trillion in foreign aid, and complete access to our nuclear weapons secrets if the Iranians promise not to do anything that will disrupt the president’s bid for reelection. All of which suggests that we don’t need no stink’in diplomacy when an apology will do.