Mmm… Seems Defense Secretary Robert Gates knows a thing or two about the ineffectiveness of Barack. I can not help but wonder how much longer Gates will last on Obama’s team.
According to the Wall Street Journal article which I have included below, Obama is going to come up on the short end of the YES WE CAN stick when it comes to extremely important foreign policy issues.
Gates is predicting Obama the UnBush, who travels to Europe next week, will fail to secure sufficient UN Sanctions against Iran and North Korea needed to dissuade these two renegade nations to stop their head long pursuit of holding the world nuclear hostages pursuant to their maniacal plans for distruction of other nations. Iran and N. Korea, with back door goading from Russia and China, will use nuclear weapons and let the chips fall where they may.
And you thought the economy was a problem. We have a Socialist president who thinks everyone is his to control. Well, Iran informed the world his feeble attempts at “I am the UnBush” Diplomacy BS was just that… BS. These two countries could care less what Obama says.
Gates: Sanctions Are Most Effective Way to Press Iran, North Korea
MARCH 29, 2009, 4:24 P.M. ET
Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Sunday said only economic sanctions, and not diplomacy, hold any promise of getting North Korea and Iran to back off their nuclear aspirations.
The Obama administration has in particular sought to use overtures of openness and dialogue to persuade Iran off the nuclear course. But Mr. Gates, speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” said “the opportunity for success is probably more in economic sanctions” in both Iran’s and North Korea’s cases “than it is in diplomacy. … What gets them to the table is economic sanctions.”
The last two administrations have worked steadily to try to squeeze both countries with international economic sanctions in a bid to get them to scrap their nuclear programs. But the sanctions have had limited success. In the case of Iran, few experts hold out much hope that the Obama administration will be able to persuade European allies, along with Russia and China, to impose a new round of restrictions on trade with Iran.
Mr. Gates said he was confident that North Korea would soon launch a communications-satellite rocket, which he called “a mask for the development of an intercontinental ballistic missile.” He added that there was nothing the U.S. could do to deter the launch, and that it would seek to intercept the rocket only if it appeared to be headed toward the U.S.
North Korea has said it is ready to launch a satellite into space early this month.
Addressing Afghanistan, Mr. Gates dismissed suggestions that President Barack Obama had not given the Pentagon all the troops it had requested for the ongoing surge in that country. “The president has approved every single soldier that I have requested,” he said.
Mr. Gates said the U.S. was aware of continued contacts between Pakistani intelligence and groups that are working alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan. The administration is working to convince the Pakistanis that “these groups are now an existential threat to them,” he said.
President Obama is heading this week on his maiden presidential trip to Europe. Mr. Gates suggested that Mr. Obama was unlikely to be able to persuade the Europeans to send more ground troops to Afghanistan during a summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
At best, the NATO allies will send more civilian experts, Mr. Gates said.
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