• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • Obama’s Failed Diplomatic Game

    “Open hand” is the name of President Obama’s diplomatic strategy in Iran. The administration’s current course of action for Iran is “open negotiations” which offer Iran better relations with the United States if Iran will enter arms control talks. It is a game of give and take. As Secretary Clinton stated in her address to the Foreign Policy Council, the U.S. preferred policy approach is to “lead with diplomacy, even in the cases of our adversaries or nations with whom we disagree.” However, as the administration continues to extend its hand to Iran, Iran continues to ignore or shun it.

    The Iranian leadership consistently shows no positive response to U.S. overtures. This is highlighted by the regime’s actions since the contested elections. While Iran recently “released 140 protesters” from prison, many came out with gruesome stories and wounds testifying to their mistreatment.

    As the election unrest continues, Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile facilities continue their development unabated. Iran’s drive for nuclear weapons has ceased neither for the election or the next overture of the Obama administration. Iran continues to develop its nuclear program. In a July 16 speech, President Ahmadinejad declared Iran a power that “will bring down global arrogance.” While the Obama administration continues to offer negotiations, Israel watches with growing unease.

    The more progress Iran makes in developing nuclear and conventional weapons capabilities, the more the proverbial sands run out in the hourglass for Israel. The longer the U.S. delays in forcefully addressing Iran’s nuclear weapons programs, the less confident Israel becomes in U.S. security assurances. Secretary Clinton offered to extend a “defense umbrella” to Israel as a means of protection. However, this will not prevent a nuclear attack on Israel. Secretary Clinton’s offer simply “concedes” that Iran continues to head down a path that existentially threatens. In fact, it is the first acknowledgment of the failure of President Obama’s diplomatic efforts to prevent Iran. Congress has also tacitly acknowledged the failure of the Obama administration’s diplomacy. On July 30, the Senate voted to “penalize Iran gasoline suppliers,” signaling their lack of confidence in Obama’s “open hand” diplomacy.

    The administration’s “open hand” policy offers no credible or lasting solution to the Iranian regime’s current trajectory and certainly offers no penalties for non-compliance with UN resolutions. On the contrary, it tacitly grants Iran the privilege to develop their nuclear capabilities without concern. It also ignores the nation’s human rights violations and fails to support the Iranian people in a historic moment within Iran. Fundamentally, it extends “negotiations and validity” to a regime that holds no common values with the United States and has no desire to negotiate. Obama’s diplomatic game bends U.S. standards for Iran, increasing the security risk for the U.S. and the Middle East.

    Posted in International [slideshow_deploy]

    5 Responses to Obama’s Failed Diplomatic Game

    1. Jacob Feldman, VA says:

      If US "humble" foreign policy continues, Ahmandinejad certainly "will bring down global arrogance." "Humble" foreign policy only emboldens Iran to be more dangerous and more provocative. Additionally, it encourages other Middle East players to increase their military presence. Consider recent Hezbollah build-ups of 40,000 rockets along the Israel-Lebanese border (no doubt provided by Iran). Obama's humble stance is not simply a lack of action, it's apathy that endangers Israel. Absolutely fantastic Foundry post!

    2. Linda Janikowsky says:

      You tell 'em Leslie!

    3. Kenneth Cole/ Cupert says:

      This article with all it's factual content; shows our inability as a nation to have much Foreign policy. We have an inexperienced President with a mindset of dismantaling these United States and the History of greatness. How one Ignores the structure and purpose of our Constitution is Outright Tyranny…….Thx Ken

    4. Jerry Kowal says:

      I hope Im not seeing a trend by the west and USA included, towards letting Iran have nuks I hope Im worng, I feel for Israel, and hope we lead if it come to a strike on Irans nuks,Israel does not have the right tools, we do but will we, I hope Im wrong, I feel that Iran will have them, or Israel will have to move frist,and if Israel does so, what happens next?

    5. Pingback: Dems: GOP rooting against America - Page 8

    Comments are subject to approval and moderation. We remind everyone that The Heritage Foundation promotes a civil society where ideas and debate flourish. Please be respectful of each other and the subjects of any criticism. While we may not always agree on policy, we should all agree that being appropriately informed is everyone's intention visiting this site. Profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, and other forms of incivility will not be tolerated. Please keep your thoughts brief and avoid ALL CAPS. While we respect your first amendment rights, we are obligated to our readers to maintain these standards. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    Big Government Is NOT the Answer

    Your tax dollars are being spent on programs that we really don't need.

    I Agree I Disagree ×

    Get Heritage In Your Inbox — FREE!

    Heritage Foundation e-mails keep you updated on the ongoing policy battles in Washington and around the country.

    ×