Filed under: Foreign Policy, National Security, Statism, Terrorism | Tags: Democrat Demagogues, Iran, Nuclear Summit
President Obama has checked off another little item on his list. He has saved the world from the horrors of nuclear weapons. As The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank began his piece today:
World leaders arriving in Washington for President Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit must have felt for a moment that they had instead been transported to Soviet-era Moscow.
They entered a capital that had become a military encampment, with camo-wearing military police in Humvees and enough Army vehicles to make it look like a May Day parade on New York Avenue, where a bicyclist was killed Monday by a National Guard Truck.
In the middle of it all was Obama — occupant of an office once informally known as “leader of the free world” — putting on a clinic for some of the world’s greatest dictators in how to circumvent a free press.
Reporters for foreign outlets, admitted for the first time to the White House Press pool were ushered out after Obama’s eight-minute opening statement — which ended with the words: “I’m going to ask that we take a few moments to allow the press to exit before our first session.”
Obama’s official schedule for Tuesday would have pleased China’s Central Committee. Excerpts: “The President will attend the Heads of Delegation working lunch. This lunch is closed press. . . . The President will meet with Prime Minster Erdogan of Turkey. This meeting is closed press. . . . The President will attend Plenary Session II of the Nuclear Security Summit. This session is closed press.”
President Transparency has believed since his undergraduate days in the Nuclear Freeze movement, that nuclear weapons kill people. So he has signed a START treaty with Russia to reduce nuclear weapons — that includes a long list of just when Moscow will ignore the treaty. The Russians were apparently adamant about excluding tactical weapons, where they have a 10-1 advantage, from the treaty.
The big Nuke Summit doesn’t yield much of anything at all. Canada and Chile agreed to send some uranium to the United States. ( We were really worried about Canada). The Ukraine will send some to Russia. Obama insulted some more allies and bowed to despots once again.
And surprise, surprise, our greatest nuclear threat is not addressed at all by the uranium transfers announced with such fanfare. One would think that someone in the administration might take seriously Iran’s announced threat to America, Israel,and Europe, but that might take something more than pretty speeches, and summit meetings that promise to meet once again — just like the eternal and useless climate meetings.
The threat of Islamic terrorists getting hold of nuclear weapons more likely comes from Iran, Pakistan or North Korea than any other source. But this was not addressed at all. Of course if we actually got any nuclear material from one of the 47 nations in attendance, what would we do with it? We have no place to put it, since President Obama shut down Yucca Mountain.
But is our greatest threat terrorists? Or is it the mullahs who lead the chant of “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” and proudly announce how many centrifuges they have operating? And does President Transparency have any intention of doing anything at all about Iran? Even encouraging the dissidents who want to overthrow the government? Didn’t think so. Big speeches, not open to the press, are more his speed, and banning words like jihad, and Islam, and terrorist.