"Tiny" Countries/Huge Risks
Remember this statement by Barack Obama? He made it in Oregon in May of 2008 while campaigning for President: "I mean, think about it," he said. "Iran, Cuba, Venezuela – these countries are tiny, compared to the Soviet Union. They don't don't pose a serious threat to us..."
Well now, one of those tiny countries is building a missile base in a second tiny country so that the second tiny country can, if it wishes, fire nuclear-tipped ICBMs at an American city.
On his radio show Thursday, Sean Hannity took time out from his Republican campaign coverage to remind his listeners that there are as many foreign policy reasons to vote President Obama out of office this November as there are domestic.
Iran and Venezuela – two of the tiny countries Obama assured us not to worry about in 2008 – have been working feverishly to install nuclear-tipped intercontinental missiles in the Caribbean, on Venezuela's Paraguana Peninsula, to be exact. Once they're in place, they will reduce America's response time to a ballistic threat to a matter of minutes. Add to this the deteriorating psychological state of Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez (who is publicly accusing the United States of causing his cancer) and you have all the nightmarish ingredients of a Tom Clancy novel playing out in real life.
The last time this sort of thing happened, more than half a century ago in Cuba, President Kennedy went toe-to-toe with the Soviet Union's Nikita Kruschev to rebuff the threat, and for a brief time the world stood on the brink of nuclear war, until Kruschev, thankfully, blinked. Forgive us for doubting that President Obama has anything like President Kennedy's spine. Nothing in this hack Chicago pol's career suggests even remotely that he does.
All of which led Hannity to ask a question that must have been on many people's minds:
So what are you going to do, Mr. President? You're obviously not going to stop their nuclear program. You thought they were a "tiny country"... well apparently they do pose a threat. And apparently your negotiations without preconditions aren't getting you very far, as Iran has threatened to blow war ships out of the Straits of Hormuz, and they're plotting assassinations on American soil of foreign dignitaries. And what have you done? Nothing.
In addition to the missiles, we're told that a clandestine agreement exists between Iran and Venezuela, that would obligate Venezuela to fire its missiles on Iran's enemies, should the Islamic Republic face a military strike. Presumably an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear program would trigger such a strike, if the missiles are in place. For the record, we stand most emphatically in Israel's corner on that issue. The threat they face from Iran is existential. They have a right – and the obligation – to defend themselves.
Foreign policy has been very much on the back burner in the Republican debates up to this point. We can only hope that that changes. Soon. In the mean time we leave you with these words from Hannity, which properly convey the gravity of the threat:
[This is] why I believe in peace through strength, and trust, but verify. This is why I identify evil for what it is. Evil exists. A hundred million souls murdered in the last century alone. There comes a point in time if you don't learn from history you're doomed to repeat it. And Islamic extremists, that think God is inspiring them to strap bombs on their own kids, who they brainwash and indoctrinate about those 72 virgins in Heaven – if they get a nuclear weapon, you better believe that they would use it.