Sunday, September 27, 2009

Peace through Weakness

“Here a question arises: whether it is better to be loved than feared, or the reverse. The answer is, of course, that it would be best to be both loved and feared. But since the two rarely come together, anyone compelled to choose will find greater security in being feared than in being loved.”

-Nicolo Machiavelli, "The Prince"



In wake of the disclosure that Iran's been secretly developing (at least one) secret underground uranium enrichment facility (sounds like spies were caught) or face more harsh words and stern warnings from the "outraged" international community, Iran offers the following response:



Iran said it successfully test-fired short-range missiles during military drills Sunday by the elite Revolutionary Guard, a show of force days after the U.S. warned Tehran over a newly revealed underground nuclear facility it was secretly constructing.

Gen. Hossein Salami, head of the Revolutionary Guard Air Force, said Iran also tested a multiple missile launcher for the first time. The official English-language Press TV showed pictures of at least two missiles being fired simultaneously and said they were from Sunday's drill in a central Iran desert. In the clip, men could be heard shouting "Allahu Akbar" as the missiles were launched.

"We are going to respond to any military action in a crushing manner and it doesn't make any difference which country or regime has launched the aggression," state media quoted Salami as saying. He said the missiles successfully hit their targets.


President Obama's biggest weakness is the perception (and the reality?) that he is "no George W. Bush"; that military action as a means of kumbaya diplomacy is off the tables and not an option. In short, President Obama is not feared.

Ahmadinejad praises Obama. Castro praises Obama. Chavez praises Obama. Now why do you suppose this is?

George W. Bush was feared (at least in his first term, up until he became damaged politically).

Gee, I wonder what NK's been up to in the shadow of the media spotlight on Iran.

Barack H. Obama is loved. Is America any safer?

Cross-posted at Flopping Aces

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5 Comments:

Blogger Chuck said...

I pick feared. Friends are nice but safety is better

Sunday, September 27, 2009 5:33:00 PM  
Blogger Tapline said...

I fear for this country. The attitude of roll over and play dead is not what we should be doing. I wonder where the cry to save Isreal is?? As I have already said in my post.."Bring them Home". Do not sacrifice them for not.....Stay well my friend......

Monday, September 28, 2009 11:12:00 AM  
Anonymous rockybutte said...

Shame, Word. You're getting to be almost as bad as Glenn Beck. Ahmadinejad, Castro and Chavez have all praised Obama faintly but lambasted him greatly. Obama's just another Yanqui overseer to them with the power to invade and slaughter as so many USA presidents have. For god's sake read your history!

Sunday, October 04, 2009 1:05:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

rockybutte,

For all the time you've visited here, I don't think you truly have gotten to understand my posting style.

You need to visit more often.

al Qaeda also has denounced Obama. Duh!

I've posted often about how on foreign policy, The One perpetuates many Bush-era policy for which people like YOU have excoriated the previous president.

Sunday, October 04, 2009 1:12:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

And thanks for the almost compliment comparison to Glenn Beck.

Sunday, October 04, 2009 1:12:00 AM  

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