This is Part IV of the Barak Obama plan. I’m not covering his whole plan for America, just the parts I have problems with philosophically.
Issue #10 – Iran
Iran has sought nuclear weapons, supports militias inside Iraq and terror across the region, and its leaders threaten Israel and deny the Holocaust. But Obama and Biden believe that we have not exhausted our non-military options in confronting this threat; in many ways, we have yet to try them. That’s why Obama stood up to the Bush administration’s warnings of war, just like he stood up to the war in Iraq.
When did Obama stand up to the Bush administration to any war? When he was in the Illinois Senate? Sitting down and talking to a brutal dictator who wants to eliminate the US and Israel from the face of the earth. The best way to start affecting change in Iran is to eliminate the threat in Iraq. The next step, or simultaneous step, is to affect change within the country from the grass roots level with the people of Iran. The Iranians don’t like their leader any more than we do. They are oppressed and restricted from trade – the money people in Iran don’t like this. Talk is cheap without the threat of action.
Issue #11 – Iran
Obama supports tough, direct presidential diplomacy with Iran without preconditions. Now is the time to pressure Iran directly to change their troubling behavior. Obama and Biden would offer the Iranian regime a choice. If Iran abandons its nuclear program and support for terrorism, we will offer incentives like membership in the World Trade Organization, economic investments, and a move toward normal diplomatic relations. If Iran continues its troubling behavior, we will step up our economic pressure and political isolation. Seeking this kind of comprehensive settlement with Iran is our best way to make progress.
As I stated, talk is cheap. See post above.
Issue #12 – Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Obama and Biden will make progress on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a key diplomatic priority. They will make a sustained push – working with Israelis and Palestinians – to achieve the goal of two states, a Jewish state in Israel and a Palestinian state, living side by side in peace and security.
The Palestinians will never be satisfied with their land. They want it all from Israel and nothing less. There will never be peace in the middle east – this fight has been going on since the middle ages – maybe longer. Anyone remember The Crusades? This was the same fight – Christians (or Jews) against the Muslims. Photo-Ops and rhetoric from Presidents (either party) will never make any headway. I see no solution here.
Of course, that’s just my opinion