The Wall Street Journal Op/Ed today wonders if President Obama will change his tactics now realizing that reality doesn’t match up with his perception of rogue nations:
The immediate challenges are North Korea and Iran, governments that the American left claimed were "evil" only because Mr. Bush had declared them so. Perhaps Mr. Obama believed this too, though five months later he has learned otherwise. North Korea has rejected his every overture and is now defying the U.N. to press its nuclear and proliferation ambitions. As for Iran, the mullahs are attempting to crush a popular uprising after a stolen election while also showing disdain for Mr. Obama’s diplomatic entreaties.
The question is whether Mr. Obama will now adapt his policies to meet challenges he clearly didn’t expect. Jimmy Carter took office with similar illusions about the Soviet Union, promising to cure our "inordinate fear of Communism." Our enemies pushed back at what they perceived to be U.S. weakness, and Mr. Carter and his NSC adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski never recovered. We’ll soon learn if Mr. Obama is made of sterner stuff.
The Iranian government must understand that the world is watching. We mourn each and every innocent life that is lost. We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people. The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights.
As I said in Cairo, suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. The Iranian people will ultimately judge the actions of their own government. If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international community, it must respect the dignity of its own people and govern through consent, not coercion.
Martin Luther King once said – “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” I believe that. The international community believes that. And right now, we are bearing witness to the Iranian peoples’ belief in that truth, and we will continue to bear witness.
While this is certainly a step in the right direction compared to what we’ve seen before it still falls short. He is still being too cautious how he can legitimately come to the table of diplomacy with an illegitimate government is problematic. He made no mention in his statement regarding the issue at hand with the revolution, and that is that the votes of the Iranian people are counted.
. . . unity in the international community that we haven’t seen in quite some time. And one of the things that we have been very clear about is that North Korea has a path towards rejoining the international community. And we hope they take that path. What we’re not going to do is to reward belligerence and provocation in the way that’s been done in the past.
Is he kidding? Oh yeah like Security Council resolutions has worked oh so well so far. He has an opportunity to take some clear action in terms of North Korea. They can board the North Korean ship the U.S.S. John S. McCain is tracking that is suspected of carrying weapons that are in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. The current resolution says that they can only ask permission to board. They are sure to say no. What will he do? I don’t have confidence that he’ll exceed the language of the resolution, and thereby does nothing further emboldening Kim Jung Il. The only decisive action the administration has taken thus far is cut missile defense.
It’s time to see if President Obama’s foreign policy naiveté has finally lost its bloom.