Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Bush Promises Preemption Against Iran -- By Clear Implication

Mario Loyola, The Corner:
For me, the most interesting statement the president made in his 9/11 address to the nation was this:
If we do not defeat these enemies now, we will leave our children to face a Middle East overrun by terrorist states and radical dictators armed with nuclear weapons. We are in a war that will set the course for this new century — and determine the destiny of millions across the world.
Stop and think: Why did he mention nuclear weapons in this address?

If Tehran becomes convinced that military conflict is inevitable if they proceed in their nuclear activities, diplomacy might just have a chance to resolve this peacefully. But the crucial thing is that today, Bush made it clear that he would consider a nuclear-armed Iran as tantamount to defeat in the war that started on September 11. That is as clear—and subtle—a warning to the Mullahs as one could hope for. READ MORE

Conservatives these days are dejected that the president's rhetoric appears less-than-reinforced by the decisions and actions of the national -security establishment. But viewed from Tehran, Washington has continued to raise the stakes—and quite skillfully united the international community—against Iran's nuclear program. Nearly 60% of the public in France would approve the use of force before allowing Iran to have nuclear weapons.

With statements such as the president made yesterday, and the brilliant diplomacy orchestrated by U.N. ambassador by John Bolton, the United States is fanning an increasingly chill wind in the direction of Tehran. Have no doubts that the Iranians are starting to get scared, and not a moment too soon.