Desperate Measures Call For Desperate Times
Vol: 117 Issue: 9 Thursday, June 9, 2011
Iran’s underground facility at Fordo was first revealed by President Obama during a joint press conference with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and UK PM Gordon Brown in 2009.
Fordo is an underground facility located near the military facilities that ring Shia’s ‘holy city’ of Qom. Qom is where the well from which the Mahdi is to emerge after a centuries long period of ‘occultation’ at which time he will lead the conquest of the infidel world at the head of a world-wide Islamic army.
The Fordo facility is built into the side of a mountain and is heavily protected by air defense missile batteries and so is all but invulnerable to an air strike. In fact, it was its defenses that first attracted attention to the site.
President Obama was still feeling pretty cocky in 2009 – flanked by the two world leaders and standing before the global press corps, he gave Tehran two weeks to open the facility to the IAEA for inspection and to report their plans for the site.
If not, Obama warned Ahmadinejad, Iran would face the combined fury of the US/UK/France alliance. Ahmadinejad, who in 2009 was still gauging Obama’s strength as a leader, responded with an invitation for IAEA inspectors to come on down.
A month later, they reported back to headquarters in Vienna that they found nothing incriminating. Ahmandinejad allowed two more inspections. The inspectors reported the same results. There were no centrifuges, no nuclear materials, nothing incriminating.
The facility was there, as were the air defenses, but the inspectors were evidently satisfied with Iran’s explanation they were there to protect Qom and the other military sites surrounding it.
Although there were some suggestions that Tehran may have somehow concealed what was really going on were swirling about, the president was satisfied – in 2009 — that Iran wouldn’t dare risk his ire. But that was almost three years ago.
During the Bush administration years, Ahmadinejad would only push the US up to a point before backing down. Ahmadinejad calculated that the Bush administration didn’t have the domestic support to take him on – but at first, he stayed careful not to push too hard.
Ahmadinejad has since had three years to watch Obama and has concluded that as long as Obama is in office, Iran has nothing to worry about from either the US or any of its allies.
On Monday, President Ahmadinejad announced that Iran’s nuclear program was proceeding full steam ahead in response to a letter sent him from the IAEA “expressing concerns” about the program.
“I have said before that Iran’s nuclear train has no brakes and no reverse gear,” he boasted. He also claimed that he had “reliable intelligence” that Washington is trying to sabotage Pakistan’s nuclear facilities to prolong the US’s military presence in the region.
On Tuesday, Ahmadinejad announced that Iran had deployed its submarine fleet to the Red Sea where the US Fifth Fleet is stationed in Bahrain.
“Iran’s submarines, which include three long-serving Russian-built vessels and four smaller, home-produced ones delivered to the Iranian navy last year, have, until last month, operated only in the shallow waters of the Arabian Gulf. The Fars news agency quoted an unnamed government official saying the submarines were accompanied into the Red Sea by warships of the Iranian navy’s 14th fleet.”
On Wednesday, Iran’s vice president and atomic chief Fereydoon Abbasi Davani said Iran’s uranium enrichment work would be transferred from Natanz to Fordo this summer.
The announcement was intended to demonstrate to the folks back home that Ahmadinejad was clever enough to trick Obama as well the IAEA. Secondarily, it was to send a signal to Obama that Iran is tired of his empty threats.
The Obama administration is not going to do anything about Iran except wait until Iran detonates its first nuke, at which time it can claim it can’t do anything about Iran because it is a nuclear power.
In a nutshell, that is what happens when foreign policy is dictated by domestic political partisanship. It is usually what happens when politicians put their own personal fortunes ahead of what is best for the country.
But Obama seems to be above doing what is best for himself, unless it also works for his agenda.
Which, in every case where there is a choice, seems to favor the option that is worst for the country even when it doesn’t help him politically.
- Have an energy crisis?
- Ban all domestic oil exploration, especially in the Gulf.
- Increase energy taxes
- Impose crippling environmental restrictions
- Instruct the EPA not to consider economic impact when formulating government environmental restrictions.
- Have a jobs crisis?
- Increase the number of hiring restrictions on employers.
- Make hiring more expensive by imposing new minimum standards.
- Require all employers to either pay a $2000 fine or supply government-mandated health care packages for each new hire.
- Have a budget deficit crisis?
- Increase taxes on the domestic operations of international corporations until it becomes cheaper to manufacture elsewhere.
- Increase taxes on individuals and small businesses until they can’t afford to hire landscapers, plumbers, roofers, impose crippling reporting requirements and curtail returns on private investment.
- Increase the number of Treasury Bills available and then start buying your own debt.
- Having a military crisis as a consequence of attempting to fight a two-front war?
- Open up a third front in Libya and possibly a fourth front in Yemen.
- Repeal any and all restrictions on gays serving in the military.
- Announce a date-certain withdrawal date of all troops to the enemy.
- Immediately release all intelligence obtained from the raid on bin-Laden to obtain maximum political advantage back home by keeping the administration’s only major success on the front burners at any cost.
I could go on — no doubt so could you. But that should be enough to make the point.
A new CNN/Opinion Research poll came out this week that indicates than half the country (48%) believes that we are standing on the brink of a second Great Depression and that we will slide over that abyss by this time next year.
Half the country! Even more amazing to me is the other half (48%) that say they approve of the way he is handling his job.
(They must be the half that not only still have jobs but have seen massive wage increases – bankers, union members and government workers.)
One of the central themes of the last days – indeed, the one that the antichrist will find the most useful – is the general sense of despair the Bible warns of.
Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and so forth.
The antichrist, when he arrives on the scene, makes his pitch to a world on the brink of self-destruction, a world desperate for answers, a world facing economic, military and social catastrophes on every side.
But desperate measures call for desperate times, so to speak. Things aren’t quite desperate enough, yet. Obama is here to fix all that.
“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” (2 Timothy 3:13)