Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bomb, baby, bomb?

A report in today's Jerusalem Post and the cover story of the current Atlantic have increased awareness as to when (or if) Iran's plans for a nuclear weapon could lead to a military strike by one of its enemies.

The question is -- which enemy?

The newspaper and magazine reports indicate the Obama administration appears to be talking a strong talk but not walking a strong walk when it comes to preventing Iran from building a bomb. They also raise the specter of what could happen if Israel were to deliver the strike that would knock out Iran's ambitions.

Let's presume for a moment that an attack is ordered. Now consider the ramifications of which nation's leader makes that decision. Would President Obama be considered a powerful leader who made the necessary choice to protect (in order) a long-time U.S. ally, the Middle East and the United States? Or would he be considered just another American president who used his nation's military power to determine the short- and long-term future of the Middle East?

Would he, in other words, be seen as "Just Another Bush"?

For now, let's acknowledge that the image of the president is less important than whether a strike-Iran decision is required.

Is it?

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