Wednesday, July 22, 2009

U.S. policy on Iran

Well, we're getting more details on just how the Obama administration intends to deal with the Iranian nuclear threat. It will negotiate; if negotiations fail, it will offer regional allies a defensive umbrella against the threat of an Iranian nuclear missile attack.

That's certainly an intriguing position. First, have we essentially conceded defeat? Second, this defensive umbrella is presumably a missile defense system. But the Obama administration has cut back on funding for the system and has left open the possibility that the current system could be subject to negotiations with the Russians.

If you were Saudi Arabia, Jordan or Israel, would you be reassured? Actually, you don't have to wonder about Israel; the Israeli minister for secret services has already criticized the proposal.

(Thanks to Daily Alert.)

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