You can’t make a bully happy

Every lesson in history tells us that the greater risk lies in appeasement, and this is the specter our well-meaning liberal friends refuse to face—that their policy of accommodation is appeasement, and it gives no choice between peace and war, only between fight and surrender. – Ronald Reagan 1964

Iran-nuclearDespite the Iranian government’s involvement with terrorist groups, support for the insurgents in Iraq, and unwavering commitment to wipe Israel off of the map, President Obama and John Kerry are hell bent on agreeing to a nuclear deal.

When dealing with evil regimes, the one thing that Liberals never seem to understand is that you just can’t make friends with them.

Given the UN revelation that Czech authorities blocked Iran’s purchase of sensitive nuclear technology this year, it is obvious that Iran has no intention of giving up the plan to acquire a nuclear weapon.

Many analysts believe that to give in the Iran’s demands for the economic sanctions to be lifted is to put the Middle East on a path to eventual all out war.

So why the does the Obama administration to continue to push for an end to sanctions with the promise of better behavior from a regime of bullies, terrorists, and liars?

Maybe it’s just easier.  The infamous 1938 Munich Agreement was to be the easy way out of confronting Hitler and his group of thugs.

But as Chamberlain learned later, you can’t make a bully happy.  He will take what he wants until he has everything or someone has the courage to stop him.

Even the Saudis, who have prospered behind U.S. protection for decades, announced their intention to match Iran’s nuclear capabilities.  And so the lead up to a Middle East nuclear arms race begins.

Given the centuries old hatred between Sunni and Shia, not to mention both sides’ propensity for extreme violence, a few nukes is hardly what the Middle East needs.

If the current sanctions were not having a significant economic impact, Iran would not be talking at all.  Why commit later generations to an armed conflict that could be avoided by a policy of increased economic pressure and support for regime change?

Iran is a small bully now.  Give them the breakout capability for a nuclear bomb and they become a much bigger bully.  Every other country in the area seems to understand this.

But then the leaders of those countries are less concerned with building their “legacy” than saving their skin.

Throughout the entire process, President Obama has lectured us on the benefits of his deal while chiding anyone, including congressional Democrats, who would dare to question him.

He appears as self absorbed as Secretary Kerry does bumbling and feckless. As Foghorn Leghorn would put it, “He’s about as sharp as a pound of wet leather.”

The one positive accomplishment that the dynamic duo have been able to achieve, has been the bi-partisan work in Congress to keep Iran in check.

Now if they could just figure out how to work together on good economic policies.