Sunday, February 28, 2010

Iranian Regime Change

US Army Major General (retired) Paul E. Vallely and national security analyst Fred Gedrich in last week’s Fox News article entitled: “Time to Get Tough With Iran” call for Regime Change in Iran:

"The best way to get the Iranian regime’s attention would be to inform them that President Obama will (1) ask Congress to pass a resolution making Iranian regime change a U.S. policy (similar to what Congress and President Clinton did in passing and signing the 1998 Iraq Liberation Act; (2) direct, under executive authority or with congressional permission, precise military strikes on Iranian nuclear development sites as well as regime targets like terrorist training facilities…; and (3) overtly and covertly encourage and support all Iranian opposition and freedom seeking groups to foster regime change."

As the more militarily aggressive President George W. Bush did not do this, I do not think we can expect President Obama to immediately do so, even with his self stated deadline past due. Yet the Vallely-Gedrich piece points to a direction that the Obama Administration can use in discussion with other members of the U.N. Security Council. They could say, ”Make real sanctions, or this is the direction towards which we will have to move our foreign policy.” For the Obama administration has apparently forgotten what a stick is, and Iran is not buying our carrots. This article by Vallely and Gedrich can hopefully serve to help remind the Administration how a stick is wielded.

I have said both verbally and in writing that I feel there is a greater danger to American troops than Israelis from the current Iranian Regime. Meanwhile other nations are waiting for President Obama to take the lead as they believe his country has the most at risk of any Security Council member. Yet that is only the current situation. As the Iranian Weapons of Mass Destruction program moves forward, the weaker the concurrent Western response to Iranian threats, the greater the number of countries that would be at risk from a nuclear Iran.

Vallely and Gedrich concluded with:
"Let’s “hope” President Obama makes these policy “changes” before it’s too late. Global peace and security depends on it."

Regime change is the realist way to resolve this. If some practical diplomatic alternative method should be discovered by President Obama, I would be for that. A peaceful resolution would obviously be far better than a violent one. Yet when the stakes and magnitude of the potential and likely conflict with Iran continue to escalate with each and every passing scientific achievement by the Iranian WMD scientists, this is no time to experiment with pie in the sky solutions that are divorced from realistic odds of implementation in actuality.

God blessed mankind with such an intricate and beautiful world and it would be a shame if world leaders were to allow a rogue state to bring us over the brink of World War 3 with so many years of advanced warning and few serious efforts by a divided world leadership to reel in the danger via diplomatic means and with any semblance of potency.

May God guide the hearts of world leaders in the direction that humanity needs them to go.

1 comment:

Bishop Greg said...

Hi Alan,
While we have enough power to turn Iran into a glass ash tray. This is of course not what we should do as there are many people in Iran that would like to see this radical leader taken out of power so they could pursue a normal life. The God of Israel can take care of this little pawn anytime He wishes. More troubling to me is the U.S.A. pushing Israel to go back to the 1967 boarders and dividing Jerusalem. Every time we pressure Israel to give up land we suffer a major calamity. Not once in a while, every time. If you made all the Jewish people move to Tel Aviv and gave the rest of Israel away, they would then want Tel Aviv and would want the Jewish people brought to some volcanic island. Either way it goes, I am sure Israel is always going to have a target on its back until the God of Israel steps in. That's my opinion.
G.S.