Iran now poses the greatest strategic challenge to U.S. interests in the Middle East in a generation. Iran supports violent groups and sectarian politics in Iraq, fuels terror and extremism across the Middle East and continues to make progress on its nuclear program in defiance of the international community. Meanwhile, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has declared that Israel must be “wiped off the map.”
George Bush? Michael Ledeen? No, Barack Obama, today in the New York Daily News.
You may remember how, in fall of 2002, leading Democrats would talk about the terrifying threat posed by Iraq’s terrifying WMD, but then argue that despite this terrifyingness we really needed to try more diplomacy. What’s Obama’s answer for the terririfficly terror threat from Iran? “Strong diplomacy.”
On to Tehran!