Friday, February 20, 2009

Campaign Rubber Meets the Silk Road

Afghanistan and Iran are two hot spots in the Middle East. Obama said he would add troops in Afghanistan and talk to Iran.

It took nearly a month to call President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan. Obama made his troop decision without talking to the Afghan President?

On Iran, Obama has a Special Adviser on Iran, neocon Dennis Ross, but no envoy. Haaretz reported:

“The United States views Iran acquiring an illicit nuclear capacity as a grave threat to ourselves, to the region and indeed to Israel,” Rice told National Public Radio in an interview airing on Friday and Monday.

“Our aim is to combine enhanced pressures, and indeed the potential for direct engagement to try to prevent Iran from taking its program to fruition,” she said.

Also on Friday, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said that the international community must work together to urgently address Iran’s uranium enrichment activities.

Gibbs called Iran an urgent problem that has to be addressed. “We can’t delay addressing it,” he said.

What’s the immediate threat as experts estimate 2 to 5 years for Iran to enrich uranium to weapons grade? The Iranian people might elect a reformer this summer.
Israel/U.S. can’t attack without a boogey man. Israeli newspaper are aflame regarding the Iranian threat. Bombs over Bushehr, likely American made and Israeli dropped.