Another weekend, another embarrassment for the Obama administration. This time, it came in the form of short-range missiles test-fired by a belligerent Iran, fresh off a finger-wagging rebuke from a weak, voluntarily toothless American president.
How many times, now, has Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denied the Holocaust while promising a new one? More importantly, how many more times does he need to?
Barack Obama is the president of the United States. He needs to start acting like one, and he can begin by accurately discerning our friends from our enemies. Declaring Israeli settlements illegitimate only empowers and emboldens our enemies, as does even entertaining comments from former toothless American officials like Zbigniew Brzezinski, who essentially suggested that the United States military be Iran’s last line of defense against any Israeli attack on a nuclear site. It’s time for this president to stand up and take [correct] action.
He can start by expressing unequivocal support in Benjamin Netanyahu and any attempt by Israel to defend itself. Next, he can forcefully issue a rock-solid ultimatum to Ahmadinejad and the other leaders in Tehran–stop your nuclear program, and hold new, internationally-monitored national elections–and, with the carrier group based in Bahrain and anything else available, execute a blockade of all petroleum products headed for Iran, putting much more strain on that nation’s economy than any U.N. sanctions could ever do, until the ultimatum is satisfied on both accounts. And, yes, a blockade would be an act of war. Fine. Finally, to demonstrate solidarity with Israel, he should make sure that any proxy activity by Hezbollah or any other Iranian terrorist tentacles in Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Gaza, Iraq, Afganistan or anywhere else will not be tolerated, and any attacks by those groups will be visited ten-fold on Iranian military facilities and national infrastructure.
Finally, behind the scenes, he should work overtime with all of his fancy media outreach abilities to ensure that those in Iran who have been taking to the streets in protest against the current government know that every action taken by the United States of America is for their benefit. He should be the support that he previously denied.
I, for one, have heard and seen enough from Iran. What more does this president need to see? What more does he need to hear? I fear that he will only wake up when it is too late, when the western world is counting bodies in Israel while the Arab world rejoices.