How many times have you heard the saying, “This is the last thing we need right now”? Well – as it relates to Iran – the use of that phrase could not be anymore apropos at this juncture. The Islamic Republic has been thumbing its nose at the rest of the world in recent months – specifically at Israel and the U.S. – while continuing its nuclear program; this despite inept sanctions being lobbed by the U.N. and other countries – not to mention us.
Yesterday, CNN reported this encouraging news:
Iran warned Tuesday it would strike against an “enemy” threatening it if needed to protect its national interests — even if the enemy didn’t attack first.
Gen. Mohammad Hejazi, a deputy head of Iran’s armed forces, said his country “will no more wait to see enemy action against us,” according to the semi-official Fars News Agency.
“Given this strategy, we will make use of all our means to protect our national interests and hit a retaliatory blow at them whenever we feel that enemies want to endanger our national interests,” Hejazi said.
For all intents and purposes, we’re still slogging through an endless recession that keeps lingering like a sinus infection while the White House insists that it ended in 2009 and we’re actually in a recovery. Obama points to unemployment numbers from the BLS showing the rate near 8%, but this administration and the media have been masterful at manipulating numbers. The White House spikes the football over the numbers on paper, when in actuality, real unemployment is much higher and the current figures do not account for the millions of jobs lost under this president’s watch. Class warfare is being waged on a daily basis by the administration as the middle class continues to shrink, consumer prices continue to rise, and we’re told that inflation is not a long-term concern. Actually, it’s not even happening. Add to this the fact that Obama is drastically cutting our national defense and has his sights set on reducing our nuclear capabilities as soon as possible. So, as Iran readies itself for conflict, Neville Chamberlain, Jr. is demilitarizing and focusing everyone’s attention on contraception and Rick Santorum’s radical Catholicism.
Regardless of Obama’s grand plan, Israel is going to protect their interests and letting Iran just go about its business of building nuclear weapons is not a viable option – especially when the country’s president repeatedly tells anyone who will listen that he wants to see the Jewish people eradicated from the world. Can you blame Israel for taking Ahmadinejad at his word? By the way, we factor into this equation as well. Ahmadinejad has a problem with Jews in general, which means he has his sights set on the broader population. That would include us.
But Obama shows no concern. Sanctions haven’t worked and never will work, but that’s his way of handling the threat; keep piling on more ineffective sanctions. How’s that working out? Not well. Over the weekend, Iran announced it was cutting off oil exports to France and the U.K. causing prices to jump here at home:
Iran’s move to cut off oil shipments to Britain and France is expected to have little or no effect on supplies, but had an immediate effect on world prices Monday, as oil prices jumped to a nine-month high above $105 a barrel.
By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark March crude was up $1.91 to $105.15 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Earlier in the day, it rose to $105.21, the highest since May. The contract rose 93 cents to settle at $103.24 per barrel in New York on Friday.
As of Tuesday, the national average for regular unleaded gas was $3.57; up from $3.17 the same time a year ago. With tensions escalating, the prices aren’t going to be going down anytime soon and some predictions put the price at over $6.00 come summer.
Then there’s this from Reuters:
President Barack Obama will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on March 5, the White House said on Monday. Netanyahu will be in Washington to address the annual policy conference of the influential pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, which will be held on March 4-6. The announcement of the White House meeting came in a briefing of a weekend visit between Netanyahu and Obama’s National Security Advisor, Tom Donilon, in Jerusalem, amid heightened concern that Israel might attack Iran to thwart its nuclear program.
Last time Netanyahu was at the White House, Obama received a verbal smack down from the P.M. over discussions revolving around the calls for Israel to return to its 1967 borders. Which, if you know the 67′ borders, a return to those borders would be akin to Israel signing its own death warrant. If Obama learned anything from their last meeting, he won’t try to dictate terms to Netanyahu. Israel is planning on an attack and Obama is not going to be able to dissuade them.
Military conflict will break out at some point this year and what will Obama’s response be? Will we come to the aid of our ally or will the Dear Leader continue to show disrespect to Israel and its people. Obama knows the political expedience associated with delivering aid to Israel, but it’s all a charade. Obama views Israel with contempt. To him they’re just another imperialist power that needs to be cut down to size – similar to the way he views America.