06 February 2012

Obama Gets Something Right

And it’s about Iran:

President Barack Obama said on Sunday there were important risks to consider before any military strike against Iran and made clear he does not want to see more conflict in the oil-producing Gulf region.
In a television interview, Obama also said he did not believe Tehran had the "intentions or capabilities" to attack the United States, playing down the threats from Tehran and saying he wanted a diplomatic end to the nuclear standoff.
"Any kind of additional military activity inside the Gulf is disruptive and has a big effect on us. It could have a big effect on oil prices. We've still got troops in Afghanistan, which borders Iran. And so our preferred solution here is diplomatic," Obama said.

Not that we should get rid of the proverbial “big stick” or anything, but I think Obama is wise to take the diplomatic route first.  Obviously, diplomacy could fail, and the government could underestimate the risks posed by Iran, but given the current costs of federal military ventures and how thinly spread US troops are right now, rushing into war is not a particularly good idea right now.  As such, it is best to try diplomacy and see where that leads.


  1. I agree, it's smart of him to be diplomatic about this. We're just getting done with two prolonged Middle Eastern wars. Yet another one over there is not what we need. Israel has hundreds of nukes, they can handle Iran, and it's rather selfish of them to expect us to have their back on this when it serves no real interest of ours.

  2. @DW- Yeah, it's frustrating to see a push for yet another Middle Eastern war in spite of the fact that we're still engaged in two (very expensive) Middle Eastern wars that are not going anywhere. Diplomacy may not be sexy, but at least it's cheap, and even occasionally effective.