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  • Obama’s Good Cop/Confused Cop Policy on Iran

    The Obama Administration appears to be confused about its own policies regarding Iran’s nuclear challenge. Yesterday Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell denied that the administration had taken the military option off the table, contradicting a previous statement made by a high ranking Pentagon official. Undersecretary of Defense Michelle Flournoy had told a press conference in Singapore on Wednesday that “Military force is an option of last resort” and “It’s off the table in the near term.”

    Morrell maintained that the administration had not changed its policy on Iran. “I don’t think that’s anything new,” Morrell said of Flournoy’s remarks. “It clearly is not our preference to go to war with Iran, to engage militarily with Iran.” He awkwardly added that “Nobody wishes to do that, but she also makes it clear it’s not off the table.”

    The Obama Administration’s clumsy effort to allude to the possible use of force while it simultaneously backpedals away from the actual use of force has undermined its Iran policy. Even before the most recent confusion, The Washington Post had criticized the administration’s ambivalence in an editorial on Tuesday: “President Obama’s official position is that “all options are on the table,” including the use of force. But senior officials regularly talk down the military option in public — thereby undermining its utility even as an instrument of intimidation.”

    The Bush Administration had developed a “good cop/bad cop” strategy on Iran in which Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice held the door open for diplomatic talks while Vice President Dick Cheney made sure that the military option was clearly on the table to give Tehran added incentives to reach a diplomatic solution. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration’s strategy is closer to a “good cop/confused cop” approach. This muddled policy is guaranteed to have little impact on the bellicose Ahmadinejad regime.

    In contrast, Iran remains smugly confident in its own military power. Today the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps launched a three-day military exercise that involved naval, air, and ground forces. The exercise included simulated attacks by more than 300 ships and high speed boats operating near the mouth of the Persian Gulf near the Strait of Hormuz, the strategic waterway through which passes approximately 40 percent of the world’s oil exports.

    The Deputy chief of the Revolutionary Guards, Brig. Gen Hossein Salami, warned that the military exercises were aimed at demonstrating Iran’s “strength, will and national resolve to defend independence and territorial integrity.” Clearly, Iran’s regime has no second thoughts about the usability of military force. This makes it all the more important to prevent Iran from attaining nuclear weapons.

    For links to all Heritage Foundation publications on Iran, see: Iran

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    One Response to Obama’s Good Cop/Confused Cop Policy on Iran

    1. annodomini77 says:

      "The supply is endless, the wealth from all its treasures!" (Bible, Nahum 2:9)

      "4 The chariots storm through the streets, rushing back and forth through the squares. They look like flaming torches; they dart about like lightning." (Bible, Nahum 2:4)

      There was a General in the U.S. Military who became Governor of New Mexico from 1878-1881. He wrote the book Ben Hur. It was the best selling novel until 1936. It was made into a movie in 1959.

      In the Movie Ben Hur. Ben Hur grew up with Messala. Messala grew up and became a Roman Centurion. Ben Hur grew up to be a Prince of Juda. Then they Clashed. They put each other in various prisons and finally had a chariot race. Both Got Hurt. Then when they watched the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and Heard him say Father Forgive them for they know not what they do. They both became Christian and dropped there swards, and stopped fighting.

      There was a man named Saul of Tarsus who who did much worse than what Messalla did to Ben Hur and much worse than what Ben Hur did to Messala to the Christians. But Jesus made him a Christian. And Jesus made him The Apostle Paul who wrote most of the New Testament Gospel.

      "28There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." (Bible, New Testament, Galatians 3:28-29)

      "The Dispensationalist teaching of prophecy takes Jesus from the center of all prophecy and replaces our blessed Lord with the state of Israel. In Luke 24:44, Jesus says, "All things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled." Dispensationalists, in effect, have recast this section of God's Word to say, "All things written about the state of Israel in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled." Furthermore as Luther points out, Israel, even in the old Testament, has always referred to those who believed and followed God, not to a particular race of people or to a certain geographical area. The Psalms regularly refer to Israel. When the Psalmist is referring to Israel, he is pointing to those whom God has promised to bless. In there false understanding of scripture, the dispensationalists have misled millions to believe that the Psalms are referring to God blessing the state of Israel, when in fact, the Psalms refer to a blessing God wants to give to all who are worshiping him. In other words, the dispensationalist theology twists and redirects God's promises of blessings from children who are his through Baptism to those they believe are his through geography. Among themselves Dispensationalists would agree that the leading schools teaching their interpretation of the Scriptures would be Moody Bible institute in Chicago Illinois, and Dallas theological Seminary in Texas. One of the founders of Fuller Theological Seminary was also a major promoter of Dispensationalism." (Good News Magazine Prophecy Issue 35, Concordia Mission Society, P.O. box 8555 St Louis MO 63126)

      "24These things may be taken figuratively, for the women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. 25Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. 26But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother." (Bible, New Testament, Galatians 4:24-26)

      "I know the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan." (Bible, New Testament, Revelation 2:9)

      "9I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you." (Bible, New Testament, Revelation 3:9)

      Jesus lived in all sorts of holes. The grave is one of them.

      Foxes have holes. (New Testament, Matthew 8:20)

      King Herod is a Fox. (New Testament, Luke 13:32)

      Jesus brought us out of all of them.

      "He forgave us all our sins, 14having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross." (Bible, New Testament, Colossians 2:13-14)

      "13By calling this covenant "new," he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear." (Bible, New Testament, Hebrews 8:13)

      Law with its religion is Satan if You don't have Christ and the Gospel. In fact we are no longer under the law but under Grace. "14For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace." (Romans 6:14) "13Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree."[a]" (Bible, New Testament, Galatians 3:13) Law is like a hole. Law is like a Cave. Law is like a Mountain. "12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood" (Bible, New Testament, Ephesians 6:12)

      Saul of Tarsus was a member of the Synagogue of Satan. He calls himself the "chief of sinners" But God made him The Apostle Paul who wrote most of the Gospel in the New Testament.

      "15For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?" (Bible, New Testament,Romans 11:15)

      "4Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation. 5However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness." (Bible, New Testament, Romans 4:4-5)

      So we gain the Spirit of God not by observing the law. (New Testament, Galatians, 3)

      "16"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[a] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (Bible, New Testament, John 3:16)

      Men readily believe what they want to believe. (Caesar)

      Saint Augustine said that if you want to believe you believe.

      You have right standing before God.

      You don't have to jump through any hoops.

      Jesus did.

      He died for you and rose again.

      Heaven is your Home.

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