AFGHANISTAN AND IRAN
There are two extremely important decisions to be made by the government that will affect the foreign policy of the United States for a long time to come; and they are about Afghanistan and Iran. They will, and must come either this very week or soon.
The McChrystal request for more troops was the topic on which President Obama met with members of the Senate yesterday, which included Senator John McCain; yet, the report that the Pentagon was preparing to engage in an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities was not far from the minds of the president and the lawmakers.
Afghanistan would be the tipping point of America's resolve to deal with the Islamist extremism question; whether it would be allowed to persist and continue to disturb the peace in the world, or to be crushed and be made perfectly clear to all the nations that practiced the Islamic religion that, no one was against them. They must accept the existence of other religions and recognize that the only way that all nations could live together was by peaceful co-existence.
With Iran would come the assurance that the proliferation of nuclear weapons has to stop; and that the government's orders for the Pentagon to use a bunker-busting bomb, called the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP), to eliminate and destroy Iranian uranium enrichment facilities would send a message to those who were aspiring to acquire nuclear bomb making technology, be they North Korea or Venezuela.
Pentagon's request has previously been made in a classified notification document, displayed on ABC News site, to the House and Senate Appropriations and Armed Services Committees during this summer, to "accelerate the integration of the bomb onto B-2 stealth bombers."; and that the notification appearing publicly in the news indicated that that an approval has been given.
It now behooved Iran to come clean and work things out peaceably with the U.S. government before too late; for under the circumstances, and with Iran's secrecy of its nuclear program, it would not be long now, when its ambition to equip itself with nuclear weapons, would be relegated into the doldrums of world history.
Any damage done, after the fact, would not be the Obama administration's fault, if the bombing should take place during his (Obama's) watch; however, the fact remained that some action on the part of the administration dealing with Iran was imminent; and it would be that Iran should have considered the resolve of the president to rid the world of nuclear weapons in his speech at the United Nations Organization General Assembly meeting only a couple of weeks ago.
His administration's objective was spelled out in the orders given the Pentagon to pursue in dealing with Iran. That has been made exceptionally clear in the aforementioned government notification.
'Urgent Operational Need'
" The notification was tucked inside a 93-page "reprogramming" request that included a couple hundred other more mundane items.
Why now? The notification says simply, "The Department has an Urgent Operational Need (UON) for the capability to strike hard and deeply buried targets in high threat environments. The MOP is the weapon of choice to meet the requirements of the UON." It further states that the request is endorsed by Pacific Command (which has responsibility over North Korea) and Central Command (which has responsibility over Iran).", Article, J. Karl, Is the U.S. Preparing to Bomb Iran? 10/06/09, 2009. Retrieved 10/07/09 2009, Website, http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/us-preparing-bomb-iran/story?id=8765343
The decision on Iran's determination to overrule the U.N. Security Council resolution on disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, which was chaired by President Obama himself, was as necessary as one on troops increase in Afghanistan; and they must be made with all the seriousness they required.
The U.S. foreign policy would remain "sacrosanct" and blameless; and no amount of criticisms would be deemed as proper or reasonable against the notion that it sought to bring about a new world order that would cater to the peace of all humankind.
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