Words of wisdom from a people who are tired of trigger happy politicians!

Posted: March 5, 2012 in Talk about

 

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President Barack Obama had a clear message Sunday in his speech to the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC): It’s war.
No, not against Iran. But against partisan politics, specifically the Republican line claiming the president hasn’t supported Israel enough in its hardline position on Iran.
Obama sharply escalated his warnings to Tehran that the use of force is very much “on the table,” as the foreign policy cliché goes, in a possible response to its nuclear program.
But he paired that rhetorical ramp-up with a detailed plea for patience with diplomacy and bluntly charged that “too much loose talk of war” has helped, not hindered, the Islamic republic.

“There should not be a shred of doubt by now: When the chips are down, I have Israel’s back,” the president told AIPAC, listing a wide range of actions he’s
undertaken — like rescuing Israeli diplomats in Cairo, boosting security and intelligence cooperation. “Which is why if during this political season you hear some question my
Administration’s support for Israel, remember that it’s not backed up by the facts,” said the president. “And remember that the U.S.-Israel relationship is simply too important to be
distorted by partisan politics. America’s national security is too important. Israel’s security is too important,” he said, to sustained applause by the crowd.

“Already, there is too much loose talk of war,” he said. “For the sake of Israel’s security, America’s security, and the peace and security of the world, now is not the
time for bluster; now is the time to let our increased pressure sink in.”

And there is widespread talk that the United States and Israel are already waging a covert war against Iran’s nuclear and missile programs — so widespread that it was
featured in a controversial Israeli ad for Samsung tablets.

Obama’s appeal for patience with his diplomatic strategy coupled with his rhetorical escalation on the possible use of force drew immediate praise from
Nicholas Burns, the senior diplomat who served as George W. Bush’s point person on Iran.

When will we every learn to stop this gunboat, trigger-happy, shoot from the hip diplomacy? There will be plenty of time for military options before Iran becomes a threat to anyone! “they have weapons of mass destruction!” Anybody remember those words? We specifically elected this president to do exactly what he is doing; getting all necessary information and getting it right the first time, Knowing in advance what we are doing and why, understanding the beginning and endgame, and having an achievable, common sense exit strategy.

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