Obama: Iran can be a 'very successful regional power'
Obama, the delusional:
"[W]hen I came into office, the world was divided and Iran was in the driver's seat. Now the world's united because of the actions we've taken, and Iran's the one that's isolated," Obama told NPR.
I'm sure he remembers it that way. But recall not only that Iran was isolated before Obama took office, but that sanctions had ruined its economy, and the world was united in trying to prevent Iran from getting the bomb.
Now that many sanctions have been lifted, Western powers are flocking to Tehran to buy oil and bid on fixing Iran's oil infrastructure. We have given up trying to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power and now seek "containment" as a policy.
How was Iran "in the driver's seat" in 2009 and "isolated" today? How was the world "divided" in 2009 and "united" today?
His delusions get worse:
"They have a path to break through that isolation and they should seize it. Because if they do, there's incredible talent and resources and sophistication inside of — inside of Iran, and it would be a very successful regional power that was also abiding by international norms and international rules, and that would be good for everybody. That would be good for the United States, that would be good for the region, and most of all, it would be good for the Iranian people."
In the same interview, President Obama acknowledges that Iran sponsors terrorism and wants a nuclear bomb.
"Tehran is a large, sophisticated country that has a track record of state-sponsored terrorism, that we know was attempting to develop a nuclear weapon — or at least the component parts that would be required to develop a nuclear weapon — that has engaged in disruptions to our allies, whose rhetoric is not only explicitly anti-American but also has been incendiary when it comes to its attitude towards the state of Israel," he said, mistaking Tehran for Iran.
And yet a "path" exists, in Obama's mind, for this nation to be "a very successful regional power."
Iran is among the least "sophisticated" countries in the world. Their beliefs date from the 9th century and, despite an overlay of Western technology, are as backward as any country on Earth. Any nation that uses as a basis of law the literal interpretation of a book writen 1,400 years ago cannot be considered "modern" in any way, shape, or form.
What do you think the Saudis and the other Sunni Arab gulf states think of Obama's ridiculous notion that Iran would conform to international law? No one can be that naive, right?
Iran as a regional hegemon would be a catastrophe for the region and the world. The fact that the president of the United States is encouraging that outcome is unbelievable.