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"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

06/27/2008 (8:47 pm)

More Consequences of Naivete

We keep seeing worldwide repercussions of Barack Obama’s unintended declaration that he’d negotiate with America’s enemies without preconditions. Here’s another possible consequence:

John Bolton, former US ambassador to the UN, opined today that if Obama wins the election, Israel is likely to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities sometime before Inauguration Day. He reasons that the Israelis expect Obama’s policy to be more protective of Iran, and will want to do what’s necessary to protect themselves while Bush is still President.

In an interview with FOX News, Bolton says, “I think if they are to do anything, the most likely period is after our elections and before the inauguration of the next President.”

Bolton reasons Israel won’t be able to hold off a strike on Iran any longer than that given the Illinois senator’s intended foreign policy toward the Islamic Republic.

“I don’t think they [the Israeli government] will do anything before our election because they don’t want to affect it,” he says, adding, “They’d have to make a judgment whether to [strike] during the remainder of President Bush’s term in office or wait for his successor.”

Bolton points to Obama’s statements in which he says he would engage Iran in direct talks and take the military option for dealing with Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons off the table, a position he believes will further embolden Tehran to build a nuclear bomb.

The irony is as Charles Krauthamer pointed out a few weeks ago — most likely, this “sit down with our enemies” approach is not a policy decision, it’s a gaffe that got out of hand. Obama is now trying to reverse field, but once the words are out, it’s tough to get them back. As the ancient Persian proverb goes, “You own your words until you speak; then, they own you.” This is why it’s not good enough that a young man gather advisors around himself in order to learn how to be President; he’ll learn eventually, yes, but in the meantime he’ll cause bigger problems than he can solve. Not just anybody can be President, and it takes more than just the ability to make convincing speeches (although that surely helps).

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