As a result of his reelection, Barack Obama is now in an unassailable position to prevent the outbreak of any conflict with Tehran and, as a leader averse to further wars (as in Afghanistan and Iraq), he will not seek one. Here are the reasons why.
he game of chicken is not a smart game. Yet, the "possible military dimension" of Iran's nuclear program remains a serious concern and must be addressed differently to avoid more blind escalation and more pain on ordinary Iranian citizens.
With the elections behind him, President Obama must quickly shift his focus to key foreign policy challenges that were put on pause due to election season paralysis. On Iran, the President should hit the ground running.
Despite hints at possible one-on-one talks between Iran and the U.S. it is far from clear whether Obama (or Romney) would ever engage Tehran in a substantive and sustained kind of diplomacy that befits the complexity of the ongoing nuclear conundrum.
Is it really intellectually honest or objective to argue that military strikes against Iran may result in unintended consequences given the observed effects of the Chernobyl incident, bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and the Gilan accident?
The news that Obama has chosen dialogue over saber rattling gives Romney the opportunity to vent his criticism at the sole foreign policy debate that falls on the 50th anniversary of the night when President John F. Kennedy first made public the existence of Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba.
Nobody can seriously argue that Bibi's policies haven't been tremendously harmful to Israel and to the cause of peace. For this, it is absolutely right to blame Bibi, and to approach the possibility of a new Bibi-led government with serious concerns.
Can American policy makers and politicians take for granted that they are ruling a nation of Homer Simpsons who can be duped into war by the very same trick that we just fell for ten years ago? Our leaders are being extra-careful not to say "WMD"s, but surely Bart and Lisa can connect the dots.
It is typical for nuclear powers to declare as unacceptable a new country acquiring nuclear weapons. It's also typical for nuclear powers to acquiesce when the acquisition is complete. Economic sanctions typically punish the innocents without effect on decision-makers.
Whitewashing the effects the sanctions have on Iranians and Iranian Americans while also making unsubstantiated claims about Iran's nuclear program only serves one purpose: it furthers misconceptions held by the public while paving the way for an unnecessary and preventable conflict with Iran.