Iranian president fumbles ball: Fails to address nuclear issue
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has once again missed his mark. Ahmadinejad spoke to the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, and just as some expected, failed to address the most pressing issue his country faces. The Iranian president instead decided to use his time before the world body to speak on the many "evil" influences that the U.S. has had on the world.
Amid worsening tensions between Iran and Israel over Iran's nuclear program, Ahmadinejad completely dismissed the prospect of a military strike against his country.
"Uncultured Zionists that threaten the Iranian nation today are never counted and are never paid any attention in the equations of the Iranian nation," said Ahmadinejad.
The Iranian president’s dismissal of an attack comes in the wake of President Obama's implicit warning that the U.S. will in no way tolerate a nuclear-armed Iran. Again Ahmadinejad has wasted an opportunity to address Iranian nuclear pursuits, an act that could result in some very serious consequences for Iran.
Right now, the U.S. has at its disposal one of the largest naval flotillas ever assembled for exercises in the Strait of Hormuz. The unprecedented presence of that much firepower could possibly be a buildup to something else, should it be determined that Iran has become a threat to the stability of the region.
As far as what Israel may do in light of Ahmadinejad's remarks is unknown. It has now become obvious that Iran is not going to cooperate with calls for transparency with its nuclear program, and they are certainly not going to dismantle it.
The question now is what should be done now? Although the economic sanctions are still in place, this has apparently failed to stop Iran from its perceived purpose: to obtain a nuclear weapon. Previous attempts at covert intervention to cripple Iran's nuclear facilities have failed as well. Even the campaign to assassinate top Iranian nuclear scientists has done little to deter them.
It now appears that Iran is calling America's bluff and the rest of the assembled forces as well. Ahmadinejad has thumbed his nose at the U.S. and the rest of the global community and Iran will no doubt continue its plans to build a weapon.
This now places the U.S. in the situation of, "What do we do and when do we do it?" The president has made it clear that the clock is winding down for Iran, but the important question here is how much more time should Iran be given.
Should the U.S. hold out a little longer to see what is going to happen next? Should they ask Iran one more time to present proof of their intentions? Hopefully, the answer will not come in the form of a mushroom cloud over Israel.