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  • Why Are We Letting Iran Catch Up?

    Yesterday, for the second time this year, Iran test-fired their Sejil-2 ballistic missile. The mid-range weapon has a range of about 1200 miles, long enough to target Israel, Egypt, southeastern Europe, and many American bases in the Middle East.

    So if Iran has twice test-fired missiles this year that can hit targets stretching from Israel to Europe, then how can the Obama administration possibly justify reneging on agreements with Poland and the Czech Republic to host land based missile defense? The New York Times explains:

    Earlier this month, administration officials cited what they called accumulating evidence that Iran had made more progress than anticipated in building short- and medium-range missiles that could threaten Israel and Europe than it had in developing the intercontinental missiles that the Bush system was more suited to counter.

    So the Obama administration is claiming that since Iran has only developed medium-range missiles so far, the only protection our soldiers and allies in Europe need is from medium-range missiles. But why not protect them from both? Before President Obama’s reversal we were building systems to protect against medium and long-range threats. All the Obama administration did is cut our missile defenses in half. We are in a desperate race to beat the clock on Iran’s nuclear and missile programs. Why on earth are we stopping now to let the Iranians catch up?

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    28 Responses to Why Are We Letting Iran Catch Up?

    1. Ozzy6900, CT says:

      We are letting Iran catch up because we are led by a sniffling coward! President Obama has no stomach to be President of the United States and the Leader of the Free World!.

    2. Scott Lowden says:

      The Iraq war was not popular in Europe and the Bush administration was ceaselessly criticized for "going it alone". So the Bush administration left the issue of Iran to be negotiated by France and Germany. Those countries and their diplomats were easily corrupted and a long, hopeless and phony diplomatic effort has been underway for years with Germany and France actually selling the technology and infrastructure Iran needs to complete its nuclear weapons facilities. Our State Department professionals are largely sympathetic to the French/German approach, which is basically to allow Iran to have its weapons and to breach its nonproliferation obligations. They will proceed, as they have with North Korea, to talk, even as the object of their discussions takes shape before our eyes. Once they have a nuclear force, the Iranians can duplicate them in friendly nations such as Venezuela. Their short/medium range misiles will look a little more formidable then. But Obama, Hillary and the State Department are far more concerned about the coup in Honduras and the restoration of the leftist tinpot Zelaya. Our new-left foreign policy is just beginning.

    3. Bill San Antonio TX says:

      Because our CIC is the greatest military strategist and tactician the world has ever known.

      A shrewd commander and politician, his grand strategy would be the envy of Napolean, Hannibal, Julius Ceasar, and Alexander the Great.

      Hail Obama.

    4. Doc california says:

      If you look at the big picture , it's china behind it all

    5. Bobbie Jay says:

      He shows often his hatred for the people, by taxing them into despair. He shows often his lack of concern to the security of this country, the health and security oF her people.

      he shows often, no will for human life to live independently FROM HIM.

      HE SHOWS DAILY RESENTMENT OF PEOPLE DOING FOR THEMSELVES WITH THEIR OWN INDIVIDUAL LIVES, MINDS AND FREEDOMS OF CHOICE.

      HE SHOWS DAILY RESENTMENT OF FREE PEOPLE!!!

      HE DIDN'T TAKE THIS JOB TO PROTECT FREEDOMS, LIBERTIES, HUMAN RIGHTS, HE TOOK TO PATRONIZE AND DESTROY!

    6. robbie IL says:

      hmm let me think we have president who wants to befriend are enemies push are firends away hmm go figure 2010 can't come early enough to get these fools outta congress. and then come 2012 get the biggest fool outta the white house

    7. Bette, Bridgewater, says:

      Why is obama selling us out to say nothing of Israel and our European allies. He doesn't even have the manners to try and hide it. He is a traitor he should be impeached. The sooner more people open their eyes and admit it the better.May God have mercy on us all.

    8. Michael, Michigan says:

      An excerpt from David Hirst's expanded edition book The Gun and the Olive Branch published in The Guardian:

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2003/sep/21/israe

      "Iran can never be threatened in its very existence. Israel can. Indeed, such a threat could even grow out of the current intifada. That, at least, is the pessimistic opinion of Martin van Creveld, professor of military history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. 'If it went on much longer,' he said, 'the Israeli government [would] lose control of the people. In campaigns like this, the anti-terror forces lose, because they don't win, and the rebels win by not losing. I regard a total Israeli defeat as unavoidable. That will mean the collapse of the Israeli state and society. We'll destroy ourselves.'

      In this situation, he went on, more and more Israelis were coming to regard the 'transfer' of the Palestinians as the only salvation; resort to it was growing 'more probable' with each passing day. Sharon 'wants to escalate the conflict and knows that nothing else will succeed'.

      But would the world permit such ethnic cleansing? 'That depends on who does it and how quickly it happens. We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets for our air force. Let me quote General Moshe Dayan: "Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother." I consider it all hopeless at this point. We shall have to try to prevent things from coming to that, if at all possible. Our armed forces, however, are not the thirtieth strongest in the world, but rather the second or third. We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen before Israel goes under.'"

    9. INGY says:

      If anybody reading this even contemplated voting for, or the worse, actually voted for a Democrat, especially Barack Hussein Obama, how dare you! We're going to be taxed insanely to pass Obamacare, and we'll be attacked like 9/11 by the end of his term. Unfortunately, we won't have money to pay for another war, so we'll be taxed again. WAKE UP PEOPLE!

    10. James Nearen, Denver says:

      Has anyone calculated the range from Venezuela to, say, Miami? Atlanta? Dallas? Houston? Is it unimaginable that the upper West coast of the US could be "neutralized" by North Korea while the Southern and lower East coast could be "neutralized" by Venezuela? Then Russia and Iran could have their way in the Middle East unfettered by US interference.

    11. philip says:

      because presdent obama goal is to distroy our curent free market type of govermentand take sides with our enmyies and walk out on our allies cut our miltary defence systems to the point our country will not be able to defend our self or our allies he and and his socialist agenda and his party have the goal of defeat of free people and the constitution of the united states of america he wants goverment run of our healthcare and all aspects of americacs lives just goverment control of all

    12. Lynn B. DeSpain says:

      Because Obama wants them to win!

      Hozro

    13. Tim Az says:

      Here's one possible reason for allowing Iran to catch up. Becuase of the foulest word in liberal's lexicon FAIR. One need only observe nature in action for one day to realize fair has no place on earth. It will be interesting to watch Europes reaction when Iran bites the hand that has been feeding them all this time.

    14. Bill Towns, Richmond says:

      Lynn is so right! I know it is hard to wrap our brains around a President actually wanting us to be defeated but what else can you conclude from this man who has done so much to weaken us both domesticaly and internationally! I would not trust him to even defend us if we were attacked! He sits idlely by and makes no attempt to defend America as rogue Communist dictators rip us as being imperialistic, unfair and unjust and the cause of all the problems in the world. He has no loyalty to our country and will do everything in his power to undermine it.

    15. Louis L Cesar F Levy says:

      When you have an Enemy who subtly make enemies within, you have to feel it and ACT accordingly. If you're a prisoner of your own institutions, rules and time, you allow him to defeat you. This should not be the case but Sleep and Tedium are along with the Forms the Enemy's powerful allies.

    16. Stephen Hayes, Utah says:

      Why are we letting Iran catch up? I think the bottom line is that we in the West really want Israel to go away, and we're willing to let Iran destroy Israel. Then we'll fix things up after the damage is done. This is the simplistic view, but I think it is at the heart of things. Along with that is the lack of leadership in America, the anti-American Marxist mindset of the administration and the congressional majority, the blind lust for power, and plain old stupidity. The leadership of the Left (the damnocrat party) are essentially traitors to America and everything she stands for. They are risking absolute ruin for us, for the sake of power for themselves.

    17. Ruth Trowbridge, Ama says:

      Since neither in ours nor our allies' interests, in what nation's or nations' interests? and for whom, or by whom, was the European missile shield withdrawal decision made?

    18. C. Adli,NV says:

      Let us remove the nukes from the Israel first and convince the countries in that region that we are serious and mean business.Then should the Iran continue with their ambitions,we will have those contries blessings to do whatever we think necessary.

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    20. Jerry from Chicago says:

      Why are we letting Iran "catch up"? Well, "we have in the past been arrogent, dismissive and even derisive". We have not been treating our middle east neighbors with the respect they deserve.

      Our middle-eastern neighbors have to protect themselves from people like us.

    21. Michael, Michigan says:

      Implicit in all the discussion of Israel, let it be said a tiny country with a population of about 7 million, is the protection and advancement of Jewish ethnic interests; the most fundamental of which is to be, to go on existing. For if a people has not that interest, then they effectively are not a people. And what is a people? A shared religion, culture? No doubt these are important markers of distinctiveness and group cohesion, but are Mexicans and the English a people though they might both many of them be Catholic? Of course not, that is absurd. So what then constitutes a people? Kinship, shared blood. And, if the Jewish people have ethnic interests, that is, put bluntly, the propagation of their unique gene line into the morrow, then so do other peoples as well. In the excerpt I posted above respected Israeli policy advisers talked with utter candor about, if it be necessary at the last, that they will remove the Arabs from their midst – and to hell with all that might gainsay that. 'Three thousand years of struggle for life will not end here, damn it!", was in effect the message conveyed. Now, I as an European ethno-nationalist who loves my people no less, look on with interest to see whether this most of extreme of solutions will be carried forth, and wonder if it will establish a precedent. Again I'll be blunt, for European Man to live the interlopers that have come among us in the past decades must be repatriated. We must also do what me must do remain forever ourselves, and the devil take the hindmost.

    22. Bill San Antonio TX says:

      Dear C. Adli of NV,

      I suppose you are going to vote for Harry Reid next year?

      You must be out of your mind. First of all, those "other" countries in the Middle East ought to be scared to death to see those fundamentalist nutcases with any military capabilities. They obviously did not learn when another Tyrant, Saddam, was in power and they would have got their butts kicked without the U.S.

      Secondly, what is with the blessings from those countries? They are still upset because the Ottoman Empire sided with the Germans in WWI and they lost. They are upset because Jews through the UN reclaimed their ancestral homeland and had the audacity to not be wiped out – again, after the holocaust. Meanwhile the Arab countries let the Palestinians sit in camps for political purposes.

      The Palestinian Arabs could of had a country (most of modern day Israel) but they refused the UN two-state solution in 1947. Instead they wanted to annihilate Israel. Ever since, the Arabs have been stirring up the pot with their people by using the Jews as a political tool in order to stay in power.

      With the demonic Iranian leadership, who murder their own people, you are worried about Israel nukes?

    23. Michael, Michigan says:

      Iran and the "War on Terror" are a sideshow. If those that pushed for war truly believed a collection of rag-tag terrorists capable of detonating a nuke in one of our cities, killing millions of our people, they would have inflicted a Carthaginian razing furor upon our alleged enemies the likes of which has not been seen on this earth since the Germany was burned to ashes, and the German people – some ten million of whom died post-war in what can only be viewed as an intention act of genocide committed by the Allies – and not this laughably half-hearted effort at "democratization" and "nation building". The paper which fomented it all known as "A Clean Break" is very clear that whether or not democracy took hold in Iraq it was a win for Israel. But was it a win for the European-American men who gave everything of themselves that Israel might live only to see their own people left the wither on the vine as those that pushed for war push for cosmopolitanization and "comprehensive immigration reform" domestically? Decidedly not, after all, what does it matter to them if Israel is saved but_their_people_die! Steadfastness and loyalty for me and cynicism for thee is reserved for fools and knaves respectively. Reciprocity between our respective peoples is the only sane basis for alliance – which means you support our right to exist and us in securing the necessary conditions to sustain our existence unreservedly. That not forthcoming, our present "alliance" ought be dissolved, and none too soon.

    24. Richard Plymouth MN says:

      Bill Slick Willy said we will be out of Iraq in six months Obama needs to remove his head from their sand ready the European launch sites, quit knuckling under to the whims of madmen and turn loose with some low yield atomic devices to end this muscle flexing once and for all. They can kill our kids but where a compassionate nation and don't do that It's WE do THEM before they due us! We fund the world and get our guys maimed and killed.

      There is absolutely no sense in our passive, submissive Conduct!

      I'm one PO'd Vet.

    25. Rick W., Minneapolis says:

      Hey Bill San Antonio, you meant "Heil Obama, didn't you?"

    26. Harry Phillips, Alex says:

      Obama(I would not demean the word "President" by calling him one. He may have been a very effective liberal community activist in Chicago for immigrants and people without a p__t to p__e in. But does that make him qualified to be presdient?

      Military leader? No.

      Military experience? No.

      Political experience? Three lousy years.

      Passed any laws that benefit middle class? No.

      Good at spending our taxes? Oh yes!!

      Why does he need weeks of focus groups and meetings to figure out what to do in Afghanistan while hundreds of our soldiers, sailors and Marines die and lose arms and legs?

      Harry Truman would have needed 24 hours – tops! And we would have been OUT of that hellhole in weeks!

    27. Jerry from Chicago says:

      The reason Mr. Obama hasn't spoken to his commanding general in Afghanistan intwo-and-a-half months has nothing to do with the chain of command. Mr. Obama has no idea of what to say to the general. He is clueless.

      Our commanding general in Afghanistan has been saying for months that the U.S. needs to send another 40,000 troops into this country, or all will be lost. Of course Mr. Obama can always say that his "chain of command" didn't inform him sufficiently of the need for more troops. Now, since the American people have been made aware that Mr. Obama hasn't spoken directly to his generalin months, you can be sure that a meeting between the two will be held with much fanfare.

      Of course this decision will have to take second or third priority behind getting the Olympics to come to Chicago and getting his national health Care plan passed, against the opposition of the majority of Americans.

    28. Ali, Tehran says:

      I write from Iran. I think that Mr. Carl Rove described the presidency of Mr. Obama very simple but meaningful;"He do everything in the wrong way". Unfortunately president Obama do his work in relation to the U.S. enemies as if that if he befriend to them then they will not the U.S. enemies any more. There is a simple fact that is that there are some individuals, groups, organizations and countries in the world that have dangerous ideas and thoughts and act in accordance to their ideas. One of them is the Iranian regime. You can't and must not be a friend to all. No wise man think that they have became the enemies of the U.S. just because of the Bush's administration as Mr. Obama may want to show that it is, they are enemies of the U.S. because of the principls of the United States of America, the very principles that Mr. Obama now have come to weaken them.

      I, as an Iranian, wish for the military attack of the U.S. against the Iranian regime in the presidency of my beloved president, George W. Bush, but I was left hopeless like many other Iranians. Now I am very concerned about the wrong decisions that Mr. Obama would make in relation to Iranian regime. I think that president Obama will weaken the United States of America more and more in his term in the future, and this is my current nightmare in Iran.

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