Biden to AIPAC: No, really, Obama’s not bluffing on Iranian nukes

posted at 6:01 pm on March 4, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via CNS News, while Shotgun Joe was busy yammering here about all options still being on the table, Iran was busy announcing that they’re building 3,000 new uranium centrifuges. Uranium enrichment is, of course, the keystone of their nuclear program — but maybe not their only option. Read this interview with UN nuclear inspector Olli Heinonen from the Journal this weekend. Heinonen claims that an informant told him back in 2003 that Iran had two secret nuke sites in production, one of which was located near Qom. That turned out to be true; the Fordo facility is buried in a mountain close to that city. The other site, if it exists, has never been found, although the informant claimed it was designed to produce heavy water. Why’s that significant? Because a heavy-water nuclear reactor produces plutonium as a byproduct and plutonium can be processed into an atomic bomb of the sort used in Nagasaki. If Iran’s working on that type of weapon too then destroying their enrichment facilities won’t necessarily finish their bomb program.

But never mind that. If you want to know how seriously O takes war, today’s must-read is by Vali Nasr at Foreign Policy accusing the White House of serial mismanagement of Afghanistan in the name of political expediency. It’s long but devastating. Take advantage of the slow news day to read it in full. A choice bit:

[T]he president had a truly disturbing habit of funneling major foreign-policy decisions through a small cabal of relatively inexperienced White House advisors whose turf was strictly politics. Their primary concern was how any action in Afghanistan or the Middle East would play on the nightly news, or which talking point it would give the Republicans. The Obama administration’s reputation for competence on foreign policy has less to do with its accomplishments in Afghanistan or the Middle East than with how U.S. actions in that region have been reshaped to accommodate partisan political concerns…

The Obama administration’s approach to reconciliation … is not exactly what Holbrooke had in mind for a diplomatic end to the war. Holbrooke thought that the United States would enjoy its strongest leverage if it negotiated with the Taliban when the country had the maximum number of troops on the ground in Afghanistan. He had not favored the Afghanistan surge, but once the troops were there, he thought the president should use the show of force to get to a diplomatic solution.

But that did not happen. The president failed to launch diplomacy and then announced the troop withdrawal in a June 2011 speech, in effect snatching away the leverage that would be needed if diplomacy were to have a chance of success. “If you are leaving, why would the Taliban make a deal with you? How would you make the deal stick? The Taliban will talk to you, but just to get you out faster.” That comment we heard from an Arab diplomat was repeated across the region…

It was to court public opinion that Obama first embraced the war in Afghanistan. And when public opinion changed, he was quick to declare victory and call the troops back home. His actions from start to finish were guided by politics, and they played well at home. Abroad, however, the stories the United States tells to justify its on-again, off-again approach do not ring true to friend or foe. They know the truth: America is leaving Afghanistan to its own fate. America is leaving even as the demons of regional chaos that first beckoned it there are once again rising to threaten its security.

He ran in 2008 as the “smart power” candidate who’d recommit to the war in Afghanistan and make sure that it could never again be used as a safe haven by jihadis. He went through the motions for 18 months after getting elected, but ultimately the Taliban called his bluff and now here we are. Bear that in mind as you watch Biden run through his tough-guy shtick below. Exit question: Is it really true that the guy who traded Hosni Mubarak for the Muslim Brotherhood and who appointed Chuck “Jewish Lobby” Hagel as his defense secretary has done more for Israel’s security than any president in modern history?


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“I warned you ten times already, and this is the last one–if you don’t put that cookie down, I’m going to make you take a time out!”

Liam on March 4, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Obama is going to shoot through Iran’s door.

portlandon on March 4, 2013 at 6:05 PM

I shot a rocket in the air;
It fell to earth, I knew not where…

But it’s Bush’s fault.

locomotivebreath1901 on March 4, 2013 at 6:06 PM

just go out on the balcony and fire a coupla shells into the air

DanMan on March 4, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Biden brandishes his superior IQ much the way he does a shotgun.

/

Christien on March 4, 2013 at 6:09 PM

The Rectum speaks. Where’s his shotgun? Is it empty? Did he fire all his rounds through a bathroom door?

VorDaj on March 4, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Biden’s brain and dog missing. Reward for dog.

VorDaj on March 4, 2013 at 6:18 PM

So Idi Hussein will initiate an ” attack” on Iran and then the mullahs will finish off Israel and Hussein will not even be blamed for killing the Jews ?
Wow ….whattaplan :O

burrata on March 4, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Biden – “When we came into office the Iranians were on the ascendancy. They are no longer on the ascendancy.”

Right Joe. Building their own drones, expanding their nuclear enrichment program and sending hundreds of tons of weapons to any pro-Islamist, anti-Israeli nation that will take them, is a clear sign that your administration has succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.

fogw on March 4, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Let’s face it: Obama is working to advance our enemies. He wants a new Holocaust.

WhatSlushfund on March 4, 2013 at 6:31 PM

A troublesome ‘small country’ (Barack Obama 2008) Iran is turning out to be…

Its gonna be whiplash when Liberals start claiming the wisdom of Barack Obama “…Bomb, bombing Iran”.

Sharr on March 4, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Holbrooke thought that the United States would enjoy its strongest leverage if it negotiated with the Taliban when the country had the maximum number of troops on the ground in Afghanistan.

Why would Hussein do anything that would benefit the United States ?

burrata on March 4, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Like everything these two clown spout, it’s a lie.

Iran will set off a nuke and nothing will be done about it.

Welcome to the era of Obama- The Gelded Age.

profitsbeard on March 4, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Iran already has the bomb. N. Korea was testing it for them (and themselves). They’ll probably have mules hauling them over the US-Mexico border soon (if they aren’t already).

Our Rulers are full of Fail.

trigon on March 4, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Get your finger out of MY face!

avagreen on March 4, 2013 at 7:37 PM

His actions from start to finish were guided by politics, and they played well at home.

Obvious from the get-go.

His flagpole is planted on the idea that American influence in the world has been largely evil, but his flag waves on the winds of public opinion.

And the saps he panders to eat it up.

novaculus on March 4, 2013 at 7:57 PM

You know what’s frightening? Biden might actually believe what he says.

ConservativeinCO on March 4, 2013 at 9:12 PM

So Idi Hussein will initiate an ” attack” on Iran and then the mullahs will finish off Israel and Hussein will not even be blamed for killing the Jews ?
Wow ….whattaplan :O

burrata on March 4, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Five years ago, this would have sounded like such a silly suggestion.

AesopFan on March 5, 2013 at 12:37 AM

Somewhere an attic is missing it’s crazy uncle.

Kissmygrits on March 5, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Looks like Joe is at it again. There is an unauthorized biography on Joe on Pesky Truth. I don’t think Joe will like it. Check it out at:

http://peskytruth.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/uncle-joe-biden-satire/

Garnet92 on March 5, 2013 at 9:48 AM

What we should do is send Biden to Iran to tell them they don’t need build nuclear weapons they should be manufacturing shotguns instead.

agmartin on March 5, 2013 at 3:51 PM