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Thursday, July 10, 2008
DO WE WANT A NEOPHYTE "COMMUNITY ORGANIZER" TO BE OUR COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF
Barack Obama [BO] officially supports only "proven technology" on missile defense and "opposes premature deployment."
. . . he promised, "I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems. I will not weaponize space. I will slow our development of future combat systems."
"Do we elect a realist as leader of the free world, who has personally experienced evil as a POW, or a naif who believes talk will move Islamist hearts?"
"Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and the mullahs who pull his strings, long ago dehumanized themselves by setting out on the road toward committing nuclear mass murder."
--from the following article
A Genuine Monster
By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY
Posted Wednesday, July 09, 2008 4:20 PM PT
Iran: In test-firing longer range missiles, Tehran has moved still closer to fulfilling its genocidal threats. Our presidential election will choose whether we fight evil with missile defense or "tough diplomacy."
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Iran on Wednesday [July 9, 2008] tested nine medium- and longer-range missiles, providing the world with footage of six rockets firing together to show the Islamofascist regime means business. The missiles included an enhanced Shahab-3 that can hit a target 1,250 miles away — within striking range of Israel, Turkey and Pakistan.
Where the launches took place is not entirely clear. But they were part of war games Iran is conducting at the Strait of Hormuz, through which approximately 40% of global oil shipments pass from the Persian Gulf states.
The message from these barbarians to the civilized world is clear: If the U.S. or Israel attacks our nuclear facilities, we will attack Israel or cripple transport going through the Strait, or both.
It's the fault of the free world that events have reached this alarming level. It should be automatic that a regime such as Tehran's face military action from a coalition of free countries at the instant its nuclear aspirations and multistage missile capabilities become known.
Instead, the world has spent years in self-destructive dawdling, pretending that slaps on the wrist in the form of sanctions would have any real effect.
The self-delusion, sadly, is even found among those employed as professional brains, but whose heads are apparently so crammed that no room remains for common sense.
Libertarian intellectual Camille Paglia, of late a Barack Obama supporter, objected to calling Iran evil on her Salon.com blog on Wednesday.
"We should reserve extreme terms like 'evil' for the genuine monsters of history, like Nero, Vlad the Impaler or Hitler," Paglia argued. "Calling every petty regional dictator 'evil' is ultimately counterproductive by coarsening our political discourse and dehumanizing our opponents."
But Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and the mullahs who pull his strings, long ago dehumanized themselves by setting out on the road toward committing nuclear mass murder.
The supposedly "petty regional dictators" of Tehran will indeed make themselves "genuine monsters of history" — if we let them, as we let Hitler.
This November, American voters will decide whether to let Iran's Islamist revolution continue on its path toward even inter-continental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that can reach the U.S. Iran could acquire ICBM capability if it were given North Korea's improved 10,000-kilometer-range Taepodong technology, which may be successfully tested over the next two years.
As noted above, Sen. John McCain supports missile defense for America and Europe, including such a defense system for the Czech Republic and Poland. Sen. Barack Obama officially supports only "proven technology" on missile defense and "opposes premature deployment."
Last year he promised, "I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems. I will not weaponize space. I will slow our development of future combat systems."
On Monday, Obama spoke on the phone to Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski, but Sikorski reported that Obama gave him no assurances on U.S. support for missile defense. The subject apparently was not even touched on.
A year ago, the Senate voted in favor of a policy to develop and deploy a missile defense to defend NATO as soon as technically possible, also declaring Iran to be a threat both in terms of ballistic missiles and nuclear proliferation. The measure passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority of 90-to-5, with Sen. Hillary Clinton voting in support of missile defense.
But Obama, along with only four other senators, missed the vote. All the better to have wiggle room today with the election only four months away.
Of all the issues at stake this year, this is the most grave. Do we elect a realist as leader of the free world, who has personally experienced evil as a POW, or a naif who believes talk will move Islamist hearts?
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Will Israel strike Iran before President Obama has a chance to sit down and talk things over man-to-man with the Thug-In-Chief? Maybe. But probably not: "the reactions of enemies ... need to be taken into consideration as well."
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