McCain: It might be time for Obama to “pull the trigger” on Iran

posted at 7:05 pm on April 14, 2010 by Allahpundit

A reminder from Maverick — or rather, the Artist Formerly Known as Maverick — that there are, perhaps, more pressing issues than nonbinding unenforceable agreements with rational regimes.

McCain opened a Senate hearing Wednesday by saying that Iran will get the bomb unless the U.S. acts more boldly. The Arizona Republican said the U.S. keeps pointing a loaded gun at Iran, but it is failing to “pull the trigger.”

The U.S. government has prepared a new, classified assessment of Iran’s nuclear capability and intent, but it has not released it yet. Military and intelligence officials who testified before Congress Wednesday would not publicly address whether the U.S. has changed its 4-year-old assessment that Iran isn’t actively seeking to make a bomb.

Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Iran could have a deliverable nuclear weapon in three to five years, going a step further than Defense Secretary Gates, who told reporters Tuesday that Iran could make a nuclear weapon within a year.

A footnote to that three-to-five-year estimate: It could be sooner if Iran’s working simultaneously on the bomb and a delivery system. Which, incidentally, is a good reason not to be too hard on the White House for hyping the threat of nuclear terror even though there’s apparently no new intel on that front lately. With the way we’re going on Iran, there’s bound to be some new intel sooner or later.

We haven’t blogged much recently on the great Iran clusterfark, mainly because “west threatens sanctions as Tehran inches closer to bomb” stories are always in season and ripe for picking, but it’s worth noting how many provocations the Islamic republic’s been up to of late. Today, the day after the big nuke photo op in D.C. concluded, they announced that they’ve enriched their first batch of uranium to 20 percent. That’s not weapons grade, but it’s a step in the right direction. Yesterday they claimed without elaborating that they’re a month away from joining the “nuclear club” and last week they unveiled third-generation centrifuges designed to enrich uranium at a much faster rate. Just this afternoon, our partners in peace in Moscow announced that a new reactor in Bushehr will be online by the end of summer; meanwhile, Syria’s reportedly shipping scud missiles to Hezbollah, a.k.a. Iran’s proxy in Lebanon. Oh, and here’s a confidence booster: The Iranian parliament just passed a law limiting its own power to review regulations passed by the regime’s unelected clerical institutions, thus nudging the country that little bit closer to unabashed dictatorship. In sum, my crazy hunch is that the threat of sanctions is not, in fact, having the desired deterrent effect.

Which poses the question: Is Maverick right that it’s time to pull the trigger? The latest poll, from Fox News, shows heavy support for military action, but I’ll bet that at least part of the public thinks a raid on the reactors will be similar to Clinton’s bombing campaign in Kosovo — no risk to Americans and high reward if it’s successful. Not true, of course, as a recent wargame illustrated: U.S. troops in Iraq would be at risk of an Iranian counterattack, Saudi oil fields would be targeted by Iran to wreak economic havoc, and by almost all assessments, the damage done to their nuclear program would only be a temporary setback. In other words, it’s actually high risk and potentially low reward and The One understands only too well what the practical (and political) consequences of that calculus will be. So no one’s pulling the trigger; the plan is, and will remain, sanctions plus finger-crossing for regime change until Netanyahu finally decides he can’t wait any longer for western support. Good luck, Bibi!


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No, just discussing the issue…I don’t believe obama will invade…he’s a lot like you, ernesto.

HornetSting on April 14, 2010 at 8:27 PM

You don’t think he’ll invade…but you want him to. And you feel this way simply because you have a complete and total disregard for limits. To you, the limits of our military and treasury matter not, so long as America thumps its chest and overreacts to everything.

ernesto on April 14, 2010 at 8:35 PM

Decapitation of the leadership of this apocalyptic terror state.

Strike now.

profitsbeard on April 14, 2010 at 8:36 PM

To you, the limits of our military and treasury matter not, so long as America thumps its chest and overreacts to everything.

ernesto on April 14, 2010 at 8:35 PM

Perhaps the government could order a callup of an all-volunteer force to invade Iran that paid out of their own pockets. Win-win-win.

Dark-Star on April 14, 2010 at 8:37 PM

Perhaps the government could order a callup of an all-volunteer force to invade Iran that paid out of their own pockets. Win-win-win.

Dark-Star on April 14, 2010 at 8:37 PM

You have no idea how that would go down if we were allowed to go in with the gloves off and a big F-U to the UN and Euro-weanies.

thomasaur on April 14, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Perhaps the government could order a callup of an all-volunteer force to invade Iran that paid out of their own pockets.

the all volunteer force consisting of tax paying citizens, and their tax paying families is not aware that the military is to er, break stuff ?

runner on April 14, 2010 at 8:43 PM

the all volunteer force consisting of tax paying citizens, and their tax paying families is not aware that the military is to er, break stuff ?

runner on April 14, 2010 at 8:43 PM

Not quite sure what you’re trying to say…

Although iur tax-funded military has neither the forces nor the funds to invade yet another ME nation.

Dark-Star on April 14, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Gah, our tax-funded military.

Dark-Star on April 14, 2010 at 8:46 PM

the Artist Formerly Known as Maverick —

LOL! Love it!

glennbo on April 14, 2010 at 8:50 PM

HornetSting on April 14, 2010 at 8:27 PM
You don’t think he’ll invade…but you want him to. And you feel this way simply because you have a complete and total disregard for limits. To you, the limits of our military and treasury matter not, so long as America thumps its chest and overreacts to everything.

ernesto on April 14, 2010 at 8:35 PM

And, you want to surrender the greatness of the United States….you’re no better than A-Jad, ernesto.

HornetSting on April 14, 2010 at 8:53 PM

Forget it, McCain. Barry wears a Raspberry Beret, IYKWIMAITYD.

Christien on April 14, 2010 at 9:02 PM

Israel is being thrown under the bus along with Reverand Wright and anyone else who is no longer useful to Obama. McCain can’t do a damn thing about it. He should have run a better campaign that was the time for action. His opinion is irelevant now

ldbgcoleman on April 14, 2010 at 9:03 PM

Israel has an actual leader, whereas the US has a guy who plays one on TV.

Quite often.

NoDonkey on April 14, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Not quite sure what you’re trying to say…

Although iur tax-funded military has neither the forces nor the funds to invade yet another ME nation.

Dark-Star on April 14, 2010 at 8:45 PM

AMerica has vast interest around the world that need to be protected. Just like in the old days, there are let’s say pirates who are willing to steal our stuff, get in the way and harass and murder our citizens while we are going about our business of being the biggest, most efficient economic engine in the world. We also exemplify an alternative form of government, where citizens , and not a few unelected bullies run the show – to regions that never had such a thing. we need to protect those interests from hostile forces and intentions. diplomatically if possible, militarily if necessary. diplomacy without “bite” is just hot air.

runner on April 14, 2010 at 9:10 PM

We are headed for war.

I hope if enough of our still rational government makes some noise… like McCain is doing it will give Iran pause. But Obama is talking us straight into war with Iran.

How absolutely ironic.

I’m so sick of war. Our poor troops.

The Iranians probably don’t have a clue about how our elections really work and will figure McCain has some power to make his words happen.

It worth a try to bluff them this way.

But Obama has done everything exactly wrong. What other option is there?

Israel will hit them. They will hit back.

Of course there is always the possibility that Obama refuses to protect our ally after the first strike.

Then no war for us and no Israel either.

Thank you American Jews for giving us this disaster of a President! Now Zion is lost for you!

And afterwards who in there right mind wants to be an ally with a back stabbing country like the US after Obama?

petunia on April 14, 2010 at 9:16 PM

Sure
Thats what we need
A confused fool who is against securing his own state and his own country
advising us on world security

macncheez on April 14, 2010 at 9:17 PM

I can’t resist being a smart@$$ any longer. I detect a lot of McCain hatred on this thread. How long before CK rides in shooting from the hip blasting we ‘Mac haters’ with another diatribe?

As for Iran and their nukes, on the bright side they’ll go after DC and NYC. AP better move or dig your bunker to level DEF-Beck 1 (so far down you can order Chinese takeout from Beijing and get delivery in under 5 minutes). So if they get DC and NYC they get all the @#$@%$ responsible for the Great Recession. Poetic justice.

JimP on April 14, 2010 at 9:20 PM

If McCain was President, would Iran and the rest of the tinpot dictator/tyrants be so bold as to openly thumb their noses at the US?

Via Drudge:NYT THURSDAY: Obama administration says support of Israel to be ‘balanced against other interests’… Developing…
Israel: Syria Gave Missiles to Hezbollah…

Give me some Rino-McCain right now please!!!!!

portlandon on April 14, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Obama and his Congress may have done us a favor by showing us the depth of their lies and the country may be better for it in the long run.

But not in the long run if Iran has nukes and there is no Israel.

Imagine a world with no Israel. Obama is working toward that goal.

He must know the stakes of this dangerous silly game he is playing and yet he is willing to leave the world without Israel.

Obama is absolutely against every free people in the world! Which country will he sacrifice after Israel? Well Jordon, Egypt… they are the least bad… but likely Iraq couldn’t stand after Israel has gone, UAE… too small to protect it’s self.

They are all headed for a Theocracy while Obama cheers wildly.

petunia on April 14, 2010 at 9:28 PM

I wonder if Rahm will still be by Obama’s side when Iran invaded Israel, or Hezbollah uses one of Iran’s nukes against Israel.

Where do American Jews draw the line?

It’s like Amreican Jews are taking Israeli Jews by the hand and leading them to the gas chambers.

This is just so sick to watch.

petunia on April 14, 2010 at 9:33 PM

FOUR WORDS: He is being PRIMARIED!!!

PappyD61 on April 14, 2010 at 9:54 PM

…[A]s a recent wargame illustrated: U.S. troops in Iraq would be at risk of an Iranian counterattack, Saudi oil fields would be targeted by Iran to wreak economic havoc, and by almost all assessments, the damage done to their nuclear program would only be a temporary setback.

Doing requires being.

Kralizec on April 14, 2010 at 11:55 PM

McCain inciting violence!!1!!eleventy!

NoLeftTurn on April 15, 2010 at 12:22 AM

Please get out of debt and have savings and some food stored.

If there is a strike on Iran there will likely be a depression because of the oil price spike.

Israel will likely have to do it because our President doesn’t have the guts, and he’s an anti Semite, anti America stooge.

Also, we should string up the NIE report preparers of 2007 for treason for lying about Iran not working on a bomb just so they could harm President Bush politically.

scotash on April 15, 2010 at 12:56 AM

This one issue where we can trust McCain.

lavell12 on April 15, 2010 at 1:21 AM

The best we can hope for out of this guy is limited strikes, no regime change. In other words, disaster, as it does nothing more than piss the Iranians off even more. Go ugly and go all the way, or don’t bother to go at all.

rotorhead on April 15, 2010 at 5:55 AM

For McLame, pulling a “trigger” means lighting up a Monte Cristo cigar.

Cybergeezer on April 15, 2010 at 8:58 AM

McCain imagines he has something to say, credibility behind it and people who believe him.
Who is listening McCain…Obama? Just hang on to that fantasy. It will sustain you.

Extrafishy on April 15, 2010 at 9:11 AM

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