I believe President Obama honestly does not want Iran to have a nuclear bomb. Many conservative bloggers won’t concede that, but I will.
However, I cut Obama no further slack – because he and his administration are being spectacularly naïve in their tunnel vision pursuit of a deeply flawed nuclear disarmament deal with Iran.
Barack Obama’s second-term Administration is unprecedented in its impetuous strutting out onto the thinnest of tree limbs. On Iran, this White House has ignored warnings, side-stepped checks and balances, abandoned all respect for Constitutional separation of powers, criticized qualified skeptics, and turned a deaf ear to the increasingly alarmed public opinion.
Obama’s solo high-wire act was foretold by his Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on Nov 7, 2014: “…Washington [will be] working better if the President has his way. And that’s what he’s gonna do.” When asked how, McDonough grinned and vaguely said “Well, we’re gonna do it any number of ways.”
Every fiber in Obama’s body apparently assures him, “I got this. Back off, everybody.”
I already wrote recently that Obama’s foreign policy naïveté clearly matches the centuries-old pattern – according to Dr. Thomas Sowell – of the Left’s utopian dogma on how to secure international peace. Leftist diplomacy is rooted in a philosophy of wishful appeasement. The 6 steps on the left side of this graphic could be straight out of Obama’s current foreign policy playbook.
To me, Dr. Sowell’s analysis of the Left’s unconstrained vision fully explains Obama’s flawed philosophy about striking world peace.
But what explains Obama’s unleashed audacity? His razor sharp elbows? His raw greed for this Iran deal?
A theory hit me 2 weeks ago, but I wanted to do some reading first, gathering research to substantiate my hunch.
I compiled an Obama-presidency timeline of relevant news headlines. I was careful to stay away from pundit opinion columns. I’m only listing actual news articles from respected major sources, who (we’re constantly assured) are reliable sources of straight news:
6/16/2009, NY Times: Obama Warns Against Direct Involvement by U.S. in Iran [Protests]
10/9/2009, CNN: Obama: Nobel Peace Prize is ‘call to action’
3/21/2010, Newsweek: Why Obama Was So Angry at Netanyahu
7/6/2010, London Daily Telegraph: Barack Obama: NASA must try to make Muslims ‘feel good’
12/9/2011, Washington Post: Obama’s Iran policy shifts to containment
4/5/2012, Washington Post: Obama’s Signal to Iran [that he’ll accept a nuclear program]
9/13/2012, NY Times: Obama Rebuffs Netanyahu on Setting Limits on Iran’s Nuclear Program
9/23/2012, CBS News: Obama will “block out any noise that is out there” [from Netanyahu]
11/24/2013, CNN: Iran nuclear deal – President Barack Obama’s legacy moment on Iran
12/7/2013, LA Times: Obama says Iran could be allowed a modest nuclear enrichment program
4/26/2014, US News: Why aren’t the terms of the Iran nuclear deal public?
10/19/2014, NY Times: Obama Sees an Iran Deal That Could Avoid Congress
12/29/2014, Reuters: Obama interview at NPR: Iran has “chance to get right with the world”
1/21/2015, US News & World Report: Obama Administration to Congress on Iran: Butt Out
1/28/2015, Washington Times: Obama-tied operatives hit anti-Netanyahu campaign trail in Israel
3/3/2015, Reuters: Israel’s Netanyahu draws rebuke from Obama over Iran speech to Congress
4/2/2015, Seattle Times: Obama hails Iran framework as ‘historic’ understanding
What is the Obama mindset formed by these puzzle pieces?
First, here’s what his mindset isn’t:
Obama isn’t just shunning Congressional involvement because he believes the critics in Congress are wrong. It’s more than that.
Obama isn’t just exhibiting the Jimmy Carter-esque dreamer’s diplomacy, believing events magically come true by simply wishing they were true and smiling a lot. It’s more than that.
Obama isn’t just hoping Iran will change, and earn the trust that he is speculatively pre-investing in them. It’s more than that.
Obama isn’t just ignoring the Reagan doctrine of Peace Through Strength which brought down the USSR’s iron curtain. It’s more than that.
Here’s what his mindset is:
Obama wants to demonstrate that the Middle East’s entrenched theocratic governments do not need to be overthrown by protestors, or collapsed under crushing sanctions, for their human rights policies to graduate into modernity. He wants to win them over, intact, to “the right side of history.”
Obama wants nobody else’s ingredients mixed into his recipe for reaching a nuclear weapons deal with Iran. He wants the Obama Doctrine to prevail.
Obama wants the peaceful ideology of the Middle East’s theocratic countries to rise above the bloodstained sand-scapes. He doesn’t just believe Iran will “see the light.” Obama sees HIMSELF as the BRINGER of that light. He wants this deal to occur BECAUSE of his patient confidence in Iran’s imminent reform, as a triumph of the Left’s benevolent wisdom of peaceful diplomacy.
Thus, the President wants these seminal achievements to be inarguably attributed to Barack Obama. His visionary courage is to be lauded as the singular catalyst for these events. His sheer force of will, persevering against all skepticism and opposition, is to be solely credited for achieving the greatest single leap forward for world peace in modern history. He yearns to secure this lofty legacy as his rightful tribute.
This is the root of Barack Obama’s “aggressive ignorance” of reality. If he incorporates anybody else’s precautions into his solution, then it would be watered down and no longer indisputably HIS legacy. He longs to stand ALONE in the spotlight of the history books.
As a result, he has John Kerry pushing this nuclear negotiating strategy mostly in secret, and seems to have instructed Kerry to stop at nothing to get a deal. Like Thelma and Louise, Obama and Kerry think the way to drive into the history books is to clasp hands, punch the gas pedal and “Go.”