Why is it that the Obama administration hasn’t learned any lessons when it comes to Iran’s history with the United States?
Remember when you were a small child, perhaps even in elementary school, and someone stole your favorite eraser? You couldn’t wait to run home after school and tell your mother what had happened. You trusted her to have the wisdom that your inexperience prevented you from having.
Her advice typically was that you should never have faith in that person again by leaving your erasers or anything else for that matter, where they could reach them. They had betrayed your trust and it was understood that since they stole from you once, they could no longer be trusted. It made perfect sense!
It made such so much sense that you probably followed her advice and never let it happen again.
Her advice followed the old adage of “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” It’s so simple that most elementary school children easily grasp the concept the first time.
In November 1979, a group of Iranian students stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking more than 60 Americans hostage. Fourteen hostages were released shortly after the takeover with the remaining hostages freed some 444 days later.
Protesters took the hostages to show their contempt for then President Jimmy Carter’s decision to allow the deposed Shah of Iran to receive medical treatment for cancer within the United States and to demonstrate that they were tired of America’s interference with their affairs.
The release of the hostages was soon followed in 1980 by the Iran-Iraqi War under President Ronald Reagan in which the U.S. sold arms to Iraq in Iraq’s fight against Iran and our national security interests.
In 1983, 17 Americans were killed at a U.S. Embassy when it was purported that Hezbollah, who was backed by Iran, bombed the embassy. Two hundred forty one U.S. peacekeepers in Lebanon were killed.
The U.S. subsequently launched an attack against Iran in 1988, indicating it was in retaliation for the Iranian mining of areas in the Persian Gulf, as part of the Iran-Iraq war.
In 1995, the U.S. placed a trade embargo on Iran which restricted commercial relations with them. These sanctions were imposed by former President Bill Clinton and renewed by President George W. Bush, who cited the “unusual and extraordinary threat” to American national security posed by Iran, as the reason for the renewal.
In 1996, Iran through Hezbollah, was accused of the Khobar Towers bombing in which 19 U.S. servicemen were killed and 498 of many nationalities were wounded.
While 1998 and 2000 saw some open dialogue between the U.S. and Iran, that all changed after 9/11 in 2001.
The 9/11 Commission Report concluded that 8 to 10 hijackers on 9/11 passed through Iran, their travel was aided by Iranian border guards, and a senior operative of Hezbollah convoyed the future hijackers from Saudi Arabia to Tehran. A federal district court judge in Manhattan concluded that Iran was legally responsible for providing “material support” to the 9/11 plotters and hijackers.
In January 2002, Bush gave his “Axis of evil” speech which called Iran and two other countries, an axis of evil and warned that their long-range missiles constituted terrorism and threatened the U.S.
Bush in his second term as president, essentially refused to talk with Iran about a nuclear treaty even though Iran wanted to open a dialogue.
There are countless other examples since 2002, in which the U.S. accused Iran of being a threat to U.S. national security and carried out covert and other military actions within Iran.
So, what has changed to make Iran any less of a threat to the U.S. today than it seemingly always has been throughout history? Why are we now eager to sit down at a bargaining table with them and secure a nuclear weapons treaty before a March 31, 2015 deadline?
It would seem that Iran is even more of a threat than in past decades.
Iran is on a quest to reestablish the Persian Empire and continues to march through the Middle East on that mission which could eventually bring them to American soil.
Recent evidence also supports Iran’s undertaking to rebuild its empire, as the Iran-backed Houthi rebels fight to overthrow Yemen’s government. At the same time, the U.S. supported Saudi Arabian airstrikes are taking place to assure that the Iranian-backed group doesn’t cross over into the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula.
The Obama administration, aware of the attempted incursion of Iran into Saudi Arabia and Iran’s ultimate goal, continues to sit down at a negotiations table in order to push through a nuclear weapons treaty without sanctions on Iran.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned again this weekend that a possible deal with Iran was “even worse” than Israel had feared, and warned of a new Iranian “axis” that was “dangerous for all of humanity and which must be stopped.”
It would appear that the Obama administration is not acknowledging the extensive history that exists, sufficient to warn them against believing those that have proven in the past that they cannot be trusted.
Perhaps someone needs to bring Obama in off of the golf course long enough to teach him the timeless and wise adage that has been taught to children in this country, namely “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me,” before it’s too late.
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