What’s a poor President to do? The Iranians are claiming that he’s lying to America about their new deal. Being called a liar by an Iranian diplomat resembles being called bloodthirsty by a vampire but we have to admit he knows his subject. But Obama is in an impossible position. He has had to learn on the job, having had no experience or education for the American presidency.
He is faced with a Hobson’s choice: If he lets Iran proceed with its nuclear weapons development, he will own the results. The only way to stop that, is to attack Iran and either demolish or occupy it. Two losing hands, seems to us. So our Prez can’t win. He doesn’t want his name on an Iranian nuclear weapon and his country can’t finance a war with Iran. What to do?
Give up gracefully, which seems to be his current choice, or hang tough and keep Iran’s development program as slow as possible as both Israel and the Arabs prefer? Perhaps the difference between these choices has shrunken to insignificance by now. And what if Iran isn’t the only place working on this? We already have two unlikely ones in Pakistan and North Korea. Can Japan afford to sit next to nuclear China unarmed itself? And how can our Prez deny Iran and allow a Japan or Australia? Seems to us, the end of limits on who gets the bomb has arrived and we’re going to be living in a scarier world no matter what any political hot shot does anymore.
Maybe that’s what the President sees and he’s just putting a good face on it. We don’t think he’s handled things too well so far, but we can almost feel sorry for him on this one.