Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Obama Administration Oblivious to Iran Danger

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Obama Administration Oblivious to Iran Danger

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The attention of Americans understandably is riveted on the Obamacare fiasco. But the harm done by Obamacare can be ameliorated fairly quickly by repealing it.

There is no simple way to repair the damage that could result from Mr. Obama's mammoth foreign policy blunder.

Between 60 and 80 million people died during World War II. It cost between seven and eight times the combined GDPs in 1938 of the 61 countries involved.

It was the greatest catastrophe ever to befall mankind, but unlike an earthquake, hurricane or tsunami, there was nothing inevitable about it. The leaders of the Western democracies could have prevented WWII if they'd been less blind to evil, shown more backbone.

The last, best opportunity came in the fall of 1938. The German General Staff made plans to overthrow Hitler if Britain and France honored their commitment to defend Czechoslovakia from Nazi aggression. But at Munich they agreed to the dismemberment of Czechoslovakia in exchange for Hitler's promise not to invade anyone else.

The U.S. and allies will lift economic sanctions on Iran, in exchange for the mullah's promise they'll stop work on a nuclear bomb, the Obama administration announced Nov. 24. That'll give Iran a cash infusion of at least $7 billion. We get...bupkes.

"What, in effect, we have done is acknowledge Iran's nuclear program, give it legitimacy, not cripple it in any significant way, and begin to release billions of dollars in frozen funds, all in exchange for Iranian promises of good behavior over the next six months and a commitment to negotiating a new deal by the end of that period," said retired diplomat W. Lewis Amselem. "They keep their thousands of centrifuges, have the right to repair any broken ones, and can enrich up to 5%, and we have no reliable way of knowing if they go beyond that."

The mullahs don't even have to cheat to keep enriching enough uranium to build 5 to 7 nuclear bombs.

Mr. Obama is taking the mullahs' word for it their nuclear research is for peaceful purposes. You'd think a president who lies as often as he does would be more skeptical. …

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