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  • Morning Bell: The Middle Eastern Time Bomb

    Four years of President Obama’s foreign policy are having their full effect. After squandering time in sham “negotiations” with Iran and Palestine and abandoning Iraq to al-Qaeda, the President has made many situations more difficult—and urgent.

    Iran is testing its ballistic missiles. We cannot afford to waste any more time. After the President downplayed a military option for more than three years, recent pressures—both practical and political—have caused the Obama Administration to become more hawkish on the Iran nuclear issue in recent weeks.

    Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, in Israel on a Middle East tour last week, called for international leaders to keep “maximum pressure” on Iran and warned that the United States “will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon, period.” As Heritage’s James Phillips notes:

    The Administration’s tougher rhetoric is in part a reflection of the fact that Iran has shrugged off international sanctions, refused to negotiate an acceptable resolution of the nuclear impasse, and continues to stockpile enriched uranium at an accelerating rate.

    …Although the Administration has been quick to take credit for stronger sanctions on Iran, much of the impetus for sanctions has come from Congress, which has passed sanctions legislation by huge bipartisan majorities, sometimes over the objections of the Administration.

    Congress, and slowly the Administration, is recognizing that the U.S. should broaden and deepen its cooperation with Israel on missile defense. We must share the costs of trying to make up the lost time when missile defenses were not pursued as a matter of policy.

    In a new Heritage paper, Baker Spring lays out specifics for this cooperation and its funding. He notes that there is “strong bipartisan congressional support in favor of providing significantly more money for U.S.–Israeli missile defense cooperation than the Obama Administration originally proposed.”

    Spring explains that the Administration must get past its outdated view of building up defense:

    …strategic defenses generally, and missile defenses in particular, are essential contributors to a robust deterrence posture. This is a sharp departure from the prevailing Cold War view that strategic defenses were at best worthless and at worst destabilizing.

    Under Obama’s leadership, America’s position in the Middle East has weakened considerably. We were unprepared for the “Arab Spring” uprisings, and the President’s response has been dangerously indecisive. For example, he continues to champion a Palestinian state while denouncing the current Syrian state—and the two are eerily similar. If Palestine were a state, it would be another corrupt enemy of Israel, our most important ally in the region, and would be a state sponsor of terrorism like Syria. While the Administration dithers on its Syria position, a growing Islamist extremist presence in that country presents the danger of an extremist dictatorship that becomes a base for international terrorism.

    After abruptly pulling out of Iraq, the President must address a resurgence of al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) now threatening to attack the United States. An AQI leader has warned Americans: “You will soon witness how attacks will resound in the heart of your land, because our war with you has now started.” Several associates of the terrorist group have been arrested inside the U.S. and Canada in the last two years.

    Sanctions and strong words are no longer enough. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned that time is running out for international efforts to end Iran’s nuclear defiance through diplomacy. Netanyahu said, “Things that affect our fate, our very existence, we don’t entrust to others—not even to our best friends.”

    President Obama would do well to follow Netanyahu’s philosophy. The U.S. should commit to deploying the missile defense arsenal necessary to protect American interests both at home and abroad.

    MORE:

    U.S.–Israeli Missile Defense Cooperation: Building on the Success of Iron Dome,” by Baker Spring

    If Israel Attacks” by James Phillips and James Jay Carafano

    Quick Hits:

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    • New evidence suggests that the Treasury Department led the elimination of 20,000 non-union workers’ pensions—while union workers were well taken care of—in the government buyout of GM, reports The Daily Caller.
    • Jamaican Usain Bolt, known as the world’s fastest man after winning gold again in the 100-meter dash, stopped an interview at the Olympics to give deference to the U.S. national anthem.
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    Posted in Ongoing Priorities [slideshow_deploy]

    36 Responses to Morning Bell: The Middle Eastern Time Bomb

    1. glynnda says:

      Well, that doesn't sit well with the looming huge defense budget cuts now in place, because the Senate refuses to get off it's collective "big fat mushy butt" and get to work on a budget (they didn't come up with the necessary budget cuts as outlined earlier this year). They act like a bunch of punk little kids on a playground…..

      In my opinion, the Senate – well those who are standing in the way of putting forth a budget- should not only be NOT getting their own salary and bennies, but they should be impeached, fined and thrown out of office for not doing their constitutionally required duty.

      • Joseph McKennan says:

        I want to say I feel the same way but I think – ALL of the senate. I want a senate who has the integrity to do the right thing then go back home. NO MORE huge pensions for doing nothing.

    2. glynnda says:

      We are becoming less and less secure because of the libs' failure to create and put in place a budget for OVER 3 YEARS!!!!

      All salaries and bennies should be removed until a BALANCED BUDGET is in place, with an accompanying plan to take down the deficit within 10 years to no more than 5% of the GNP and with a ten year requirement that all deficits and federal borrowing cease………and I'm talking president, czars, senate, congress, courts and all of them from the highest level to the very lowest of federal employees…..I'm getting tired of this crap….. we make THAT happen, and trust me there will be a balanced budget in place after one pay period without a check……don't let anyone tell you that Libs don't care about money…..they are Hyper-Focused on it…..they like money for the control factor……

      liberals are creating a new slave society….one in which we are TOLD we are free, but the government controls virtually every aspect of our lives…….

    3. ThomNJ says:

      Once again, a good article with thoughtful points – but why does the Heritage keep on writing as if hussein would actually consider anything they say in a reasonable fashion? Stop deluding yourselves.

      "We were unprepared for the "Arab Spring" uprisings, and the President's response has been dangerously indecisive." One would think that given obama's inexperience at foreign policy, his ineptness would have given us failure number one in the Middle East and a resultant fundamentalist islamic state, but when it keeps on happening with the same repeated "indecisiveness" when is it understood that he wants it that way? Do you believe he is really that stupid? I don't see any evidence that he really does not want the Middle East to fall apart and become fundamentalist islamic states. He has a soft spot for totalitarian states. Period.

    4. victorbarney says:

      Bye-bye NBC affiliate!

    5. The only reason Hussein Obama got tuff is because of a speech Romney gave while he was overseas. He made it clear that Iran was on " target list"

      • glynnda says:

        Agreed Steve! If O-bummer gets re-elected….PLEASE…..if you think we've seen posterior kissing toward Iran and shameful lack of support toward Isreal…..just wait…..all this crap over the past few years will be baby food compared to the bending over at the waste this president will do…..

        and speaking of the whole getting tuff scenario…..I saw a trailer for the movie about how they got Bin Laden…….I'm wondering why no one is talking about the direct order by a US President to target and assassinate one human being. No Trial, no human rights, etc. …….Can you imagine the uproar if this scenario had occurred in the Bush Administration? Good Grief! What if in the future we find out Bin Laden was just a puppet for someone else?

        This is what happens when you put Socialists in charge…..

    6. toledofan says:

      This article clearly indicates why the Democrats can't be trusted with managing the military, our defense and the economy in general. There nature or philosophy is pacificst in general; look the other way, don't insult the bully, and for sure don't use brute force. But, history shows us over and over it doesn't work and the simpiest way to show how agression can be tempered is in the sceen in the movie Christams Story when Ralphie finally confronts the bully and makes him understand that enough was enough. I think that once Iran gets the bomb, the entire equasion is going to change dramatically for the worst and we have Obama and company to thank for that.

    7. The only reason he did is because Romney did.

    8. Don says:

      see the movie "2016" finally insight into whom the idiots on the left gave control of our republic to…Americans should by a landslide reject 4 more years of socialism PERIOD….look at Euorpe you fools thats were we are headed if we dont!!!

    9. boberic says:

      When are the President and the congress finally going to understand the Iran,s leaders do not give a rodent,s rear end about their own people. I take people at their word and I believe them when they say that their goal is the destruction of Isreal. No matter what sanctions are placed upon them they will develop a nuclear weapon with the intent of destruction of the Jewish state. Remember many of the german jews did not believe that Hitler would be the menace that he was, they paid the ultimate price, as did many the the liberation of europe. Were I in charge ( I am totally unquallified to be incharge) I would through back channel negotiations tell the Iranians that if they would so much as threaten to use nuclear weapons, I would turn the whole of Iran into a parking lot. Complete with blacktop and stripes except for their oil fields which I would turn over to Isreal. I wouldn,t care about collateral damage. I would remind how we won the war against Japan The only thing that Iran understands is power.

    10. Jim says:

      Obama, all hat and no cattle.

    11. Joseph McKennan says:

      have read that Israel was ready to take out the reactors in Iran if and when such action is needed. That has been a confort to me but I don't think the CIVILZED world should make Israel do it. With all the talk about the world's stance on Iran there is very little real attempt to stop it from doing what it wants. With a rogue nation like Iran– overwhelming force is necessary to get their attention. Since they are on the world stage now instead of being the neighborhood bully they should get what Saddam got.

    12. Lloyd Scallan says:

      WHAT! The author thinks Obama could be like Netanyahu by following his example? Obama is not ever in species of humans as Netanyahu. Netanyahu loves and wants to protect his country's people. Obama wants neither. Face facts, the Middle East is majorty Muslim controled by the Muslim Brotherhood. That's exactly who Obama invited to the White House and wants in power throughout the entire Middle East.

    13. Wayne, La. says:

      I am not a military genius or competent analyst. All indications in the news portray Iran's developments in the refinement of nuclear materials only has one objective. It is to develop and produce a stock pile of nuclear arms. So what is the best alternative to a rogue country's armament policy?

    14. Bruce Davey says:

      Is the laggardly movement of the NDAA in the Senate a result of Sen Reid's recalcitrance? This man is a threat to the nation's security not just in the lack of financial rigor, but in his entire operation.

    15. Casey Carlton says:

      One wonders which path Obama is following: (1) Like most "liberals", is he afraid to show backbone to any and all current and future aggressors, or (2) Is he a closet member of the Muslim Brotherhood?

    16. Allen Finkenaur says:

      Please review the Supreme Court Case "Minor v Happersett" on the internet. just put this name in and it will take you there.

      allen

    17. Victoria DeLacy says:

      The DNC is about now desperately scrambling to find a way to make Obama look good in order to get him re-elected so it would not be unimaginable that they might even convince his Muslim friends in the Middle East to set up some sort of a crisis which they could then have him appear to "resolve" in order to score him points with the voters. I would not put absolutely anything beyond the capacity of this non-transparent administration in the quest to keep the Oval Office at any cost – may God give the electorate the victory in replacing him this November despite these maneuvers.

      • Joseph McKennan says:

        I can see your point. For myself, I didn't vote for him in '08 and I will not vote for him in'12. I have been following Morning Bell for a while and am getting more confident that the spirit of this nation is alive and well. I am encouraged by the vehemence of the posts here today, yesterday, and going back a month or two. We are a republic of free men and women– not a nation of socialistic parasites who make working people support us.

    18. Glen says:

      Obama has started to act tough in 2012. He is doing this because he wants to be reelected. During his first three years in office, he would sit on the fence on most matters. However, his ideaolgy is not the path this country wants to take, nor should it. It's unbelieveable that so many Americans fall for his rhetoric, and choose to support him. The checks and balance system of our Gov't is not working. Too many handouts, too many regulations, too much Gov't power. Hopefully, Americans will see that we must change direction and vote out this administration.

    19. Gavan duffy says:

      A misleading. One sided racist article, there is no evidence Iran is trying to develop a nuclear weapon, unlike Israel that illegally holds 200 warheads, even Israeli intelligence agencies agree on this fact. Neither has Iran ever threatened to wipe Israel from the map. The people of Palestine have suffered long enough from Israeli aggression, the only similarity between Syria and palestine is they both have had land annexed by Israel . The hypocrisy of America and Israel on this is stunning.

      • Joseph McKennan says:

        Why don't you go back home then if you don't like it.

      • Bobbie says:

        what does race have to do with it? When a mad man and his nation threatens humanity and in position to carry out his threats, you just pooh pooh it?? The ignorance of some is stunning!

    20. TexMex says:

      I knew you wouldn't post the comment. You are the reason our country is falling apart. The hate that is spread for not American gain but the gain of a known apartheid state. The right has been taken over by the faction of the left that wants guilt free war and guilt free money. Iran is not in Americans interest just as Iraq was not but go ahead spend American blood and treasure for the puppet masters.

    21. ckirkland says:

      Democrats are going to be setting up registration stations, primarily to resister new voters. Republicans need to be in this area with just a sign that says 'MAIL IN YOUR REGISTRATION FORM FOR THE ABILITY TO VOTE' because the Democrats were outside the Metro in DC and "chatted up" commuters and when they found out that they were Republians they tossed their filled out forms in the trash. Several thought that they had registered only to find out on election day they were not registered. WAKE UP AMERICA we can beat them at one of their games. ck

    22. Curt Krehbiel says:

      "The U.S. should commit to deploying the missile defense arsenal necessary to protect American interests both at home and abroad."

      Lest the Mayan prediction of the ending in 2012 be validated.

    23. CinemaNoir says:

      Israel should recognize BHO and his administration for the frauds they are and the Islamic interests they represent and promote.

      If Israel's leaders decide to eliminate the Iranian nuclear production facilities they should proceed with all due haste and ignore BHO with the same indifference he ignores Israel!

    24. Jody Wenzel says:

      “The peaceable part of mankind will be continually overrun by the vile and abandoned while they neglect the means of self-defense. The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms, like laws discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well as property. The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside . . . Horrid mischief would ensue were (the good) deprived of the use of them . . . the weak will become a prey to the strong.”
      –Thomas Paine

    25. Oscar Manful says:

      Israel has been dragged into the Syria Conflict. An " Axis of resistence " has been carved out
      to match the " Axis of Evil " devised by the Bush Administration. Mohammed Morsi of
      Egypt threatens with a military option. Lets wait and see how things turn out!

      In related news, the Funeral of the Late President of Ghana Professor John Evans Atta Mills is today!

    26. Dr. Henry Sinopoli says:

      The Middle East has been a time-bomb for 3,000 years. What makes you think another Heritage report is going to change anything?

    27. Barbara Lowe says:

      I agree that the U S should help Israel should Israel need it and want it.

    28. RennyG says:

      Does anyone realize this guy is holding the "Ace of Spades" in his back pocket? My direction is he is doing really nothing about the Palestine/Iran situation, but he is watching. First the "situation" and second the "election process!" If he feels the election process is not going well he will enter the Palestine/Iran situation via "WAR!" This will allow him to stay in office! He only needs another two years to totaly distroy our country! You gotta watch this guy from all "illegal" angles!

    29. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      Obama's foreign policy is the same as Neville Chamberlain's and Jimmy Carters_____appeasement.

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