Monday, May 19, 2008

Rule Number two: Understand Your Adversary and Your Situation

Obama likes to point out that previous US Presidents like Kennedy and Reagan have sat down to talk with Soviet leaders, so his idea of talking with the Iranian president is not a sign of poor judgment or appeasement, he’s just doing what other presidents have done in the past.

There’s just one huge difference between the Soviet leaders of thirty or forty years ago and Ahmadinejad. The Soviets were not motivated by religious fervor; in fact they denounced religion in any form. True, they would have welcomed the destruction of the United States, and many times openly expressed those sentiments but their opposition to the US and our allies was based on political, not religious grounds.

Ahmadinejad’s hatred of our society is much deeper and more profound because it is based on religious beliefs that go to the core of his existence. He truly views the US and Israel as corrupt, evil nations that must be destroyed. The concept of co-existence is lost on this man. BO needs to understand these basic facts.

Obama takes great comfort in the fact that Iran presently does not possess the military capability to fill our skies with ICBMs and bring about our destruction, but he is making the serious error of using cold war ideals to shape his thinking. This is not the Cold War; these are not the Soviets…different times, different people, and different situation.

"Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union," Obama said. "They don't pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us, and yet we were willing to talk to the Soviet Union at the time when they were saying we're going to wipe you off the planet”.

The naivety of that statement is appalling.

This is dangerous and outdated thinking. There were many important reasons the Soviets never went to war with the US, mutual assured destruction [MAD] being the main one. And although the Soviets were definitely armed to the teeth, and talked a good game, they never really displayed the willingness to unleash their nuclear might. Obama needs to shed this Cold War mentality and wake up to the realization that we are facing new enemies who will not follow some decade’s old Soviet doctrine to fight wars or conduct negotiations. His constant comparisons to the USSR are not only meaningless; they are based on fifty year old foreign policy.

These new enemies do not require a nuclear arsenal on the scale of the Soviet Union’s to horribly damage the US or our allies. They already have the willingness to use them; they just need the time to develop one or two. The fact that Obama feels these countries do not pose a serious threat shows how incredibly shallow his understanding is of the dangers faced by this nation…today.

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