February 12, 2014

Why Won't Obama Act on Syria? It's Iran, Stupid

Aaron David Miller, Foreign Policy

The Associated Press

Aside from another al Qaeda attack on the homeland, Iran is the only foreign-policy issue that has the power to mess up the remaining years of Obama's presidency. If diplomacy fails and Iran moves to break out and weaponize, or even come close to being able to make a deliverable weapon, the risks of three very unpleasant things happening go up: first, Obama getting blamed for being the leader on whose watch the mullahs got the bomb; second, Israel striking Iran; and third, America having to do the same thing, or getting dragged into an Israeli-Iran fight. The first development would leave Obama looking poor in the legacy department, weak and outfoxed. The latter two events would open up a box of very bad juju -- and would risk things like plunging financial markets, rising oil prices,...

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TAGGED: Middle East, Iran, Barack Obama, Syria

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