As we draw to the end of 2014, there’s just no end to the stories that amaze me — and should concern you. Without any consultation with Congress, President Obama decided he would open up diplomatic relations with Cuba, including potentially establishing an embassy. Well, that unilateral declaration couldn’t be outdone, right? Why stop at Cuba? Let’s do the same in, well, where else do we have “friends in high places?” Why, Iran of course!
As reported by Politico, “President Barack Obama isn’t ruling out possible diplomatic relations with Iran, he said in a lengthy interview with NPR published Monday. “I never say never, but I think these things have to go in steps,” Obama said when asked about the possibility of eventually opening a U.S. Embassy in Tehran, after his recent action on Cuba.”
“The president, echoing remarks he’s made in the past, said if a nuclear deal with Iran were reached it “would serve as the basis for us trying to improve relations over time.” Obama sat down last week with host Steve Inskeep of NPR, which will air the interview in three parts over the next few days on “Morning Edition.”
Ok, let me offer my response if I’d been asked the same question: No. Iran is the number one state sponsor of Islamic terrorism in the world. They were behind the 1983 Beirut bombing and also have supplied the deadly EFPs (Explosive Force Penetrators) to the battlefield to be used in IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) that have wrought much death and injury on our men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan. The mad mullahs and crazed clerics of Iran currently hold several Americans hostage — prisoners — in their infamous system, and the Obama administration has done nothing.
Oh, and by the way, those reasonable folks in Iran just hanged seven people on Christmas morning, and at least 12 others in the days before and after the holiday. And this came just days after Obama said Iran could be a “successful” member of the international community – I wonder how he’s measuring that success?
It will be interesting to see the reaction of President Obama when the incoming GOP Senate majority votes and approves restoration of sanctions against Iran. Reports are that the Obama administration has been on Capitol Hill to lobby against sanctions — why?
We reported here that Cuba’s President Raul Castro clearly stated that nothing will change for Cuba — it will remain a communist country. So what does the United States of America get in return for all this opening of diplomatic relations with our enemies? Perhaps someone should remind President Obama about the last time we had an embassy in Iran — he could sit with Ben Affleck and watch the movie “Argo.”
The Iranians are purposefully stalling on the nuclear negotiations front and continue to enrich uranium and their almost 10,000 centrifuges continue to spin. And just this past week they announced the development of a “suicide drone” — one can only imagine the intended target. It’s my assessment that Obama will relent on any adverse measures against Iran since they are taking a lead in Iraq in the fight against ISIS — and we know Obama doesn’t want to reengage there. Heck, we’ve just conducted another retrograde operation in Afghanistan — I don’t think the Taliban got the email about combat operations being over.
As a policy, Obama stating that he is not ruling our diplomatic relations with Iran further sends a message of weakness and acquiescence to the Islamist regime in Tehran. The words only serve to embolden them — as well as other state and non-state belligerents across the globe, and it must further confuse our ally in the region, Israel.
You just have to ask yourself — why are we considering opening embassies in Cuba and Tehran when we can’t decide to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem? Talk about sending a clear message in the Middle East.
What are your thoughts, should we consider opening up diplomatic relations with Iran? And who do you believe is also on Obama’s list of naughty but treated as nice?
Mr. President, maybe, just maybe, you should visit the Beirut Bombing Memorial to the 241 American servicemen—238 Marines and Sailors of the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU), and three Soldiers—killed on October 23, 1983. You should stand there and ponder the words you recently uttered during the NPR interview. And perhaps you should visit those who lost their loved ones on that fateful day — and ask them, should America open up diplomatic relations with Iran? Or maybe you’ll one day find the time to call the wife and children of American Pastor Saeed Abedini who is held by the Iranians — ask her.
Regardless, most of this country doesn’t believe we should be sitting down with the Ayatollahs — and we realize that you’ve had several communications exchanges with them. Why?