Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Obama's Big Problem

They just keep on coming.

Sen. Barack Obama claims that a "history of weak sanctions" on countries like North Korea and Iran has created "this slow drift towards nuclear weapons becoming a fact of life."

"Iran is a big country. They have dispersed their nuclear capabilities in a way that you're not going to see smooth, surgical strikes solving the problem entirely the way that Israel was able to deal with Iraq's nuclear threat. And so what we have to do is avoid that choice by applying the tough diplomacy that makes the calculus for the Iranians different," he said.

Is that the same Iran that he once described as tiny?

"Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don't pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us,” Obama said.

And now, given that Iran has categorically stated- again- that they refuse to stop enriching uranium, what will Obama do?

As world powers await Iran’s reply to proposals concerning its nuclear program, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad insisted on Wednesday that Tehran would not “retreat one iota” from its atomic work, which includes the enrichment of uranium.

How exactly will that tough diplomacy work when he's already admitted that weak sanctions are the norm- is he going to magically make Russia and China fall into step at the UN? Maybe he has one of John Kerry's famous plans lying around somewhere.

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