One year from now, the American people will go to the ballot box to decide
whether Barack Obama deserves a second term of office.
If recent polls
are any indication, the president is facing an uphill battle.
surveys, one conducted by Reuters/Ipsos and the other by ABC News and The
Washington Post, showed him trailing Republican Mitt Romney in the race for the
Another found that three quarters of American voters – 76
percent – say they are dissatisfied with the country’s direction. That is almost
back to the level that was in place immediately prior to Obama’s
Of course, a lot can happen in a year and it would be a
mistake to write the president off. He is a talented campaigner, has an enormous
war-chest and will have all the advantages of incumbency at his
But a sour electorate, stubbornly high unemployment and a
growing sense of malaise at home have all contributed to mounting disappointment
with the current occupant of the White House. With little hope of an economic
turnaround in the next 12 months, the president’s prospects are far from
There is, however, one thing Obama can do which would transform
the equation, both at home and abroad: launch a military campaign against Iran
to thwart its nuclear intentions.
On the domestic front, confronting Iran
would rally the American people behind him in no uncertain terms. In one fell
swoop, it would put to rest any qualms about him being weak or indecisive while
underscoring his commitment to protecting US interests.
it would transform the Middle East and stave off the unbearable peril of the
atomic Ayatollahs destabilizing the region. Moreover, stopping Iran would create
a lasting legacy for Obama as the man who saved Western civilization.
US has all the justification it could possibly need for attacking Iran.The
recently disclosed Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to
Washington by blowing up a Georgetown restaurant was virtually an act of war. No
country can tolerate a scheme by another state to carry out acts of terror on
its soil, and America would be well within its right to respond.
incident was the latest example of Tehran’s propensity for violence, and it
underlines why the US State Department has declared Iran to be the world’s “most
active state sponsor of terrorism.”
Moreover, the Iranians have been
arming and training guerrillas to kill American troops as part of its proxy war
against the West.
Indeed, in October 2007, the US Treasury Department
designated Iran’s Quds Force as a terrorist organization for providing material
support to the Taliban in Afghanistan and insurgents in Iraq who attacked US
The Ayatollahs have the blood of American soldiers on their hands
and this must not go unpunished.
But perhaps the most compelling reason
for the US to attack Iran is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s dogged pursuit of nuclear
As the Washington Post reported earlier this week, “Intelligence
provided to UN nuclear officials shows that Iran’s government has mastered the
critical steps needed to build a nuclear weapon.”
Citing US intelligence
officials, the Post said the Ayatollahs are “intent on gathering all the
components and skills so they can quickly assemble a bomb if they choose
These fears were further bolstered by the International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA), which released a report on Tuesday that leaves little
doubt about Tehran’s intentions.
It states that Iran has carried out
tests “relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device” and has
conducted research on computer models that could only be used to develop a
trigger for a nuclear weapon.
The IAEA also highlighted the fact that
Iran has conducted “work on the development of an indigenous design of a nuclear
weapon including the testing of components.”
Obviously, despite its
denials, Iran is relentlessly pursuing “the Bomb.”
Let’s be clear: there
is no greater threat to international peace and security than a nuclear
The possibility of the Ayatollahs getting their hands on a nuclear
weapon is simply intolerable. It would enable Iran to threaten and coerce its
neighbors and set off a region-wide arms race that would alter the strategic
balance of the Middle East.
Thankfully, Obama is already on record as
saying that he would not allow this to happen.
On June 4, 2008, in an
address to the annual AIPAC policy conference, he stated, “I will do everything
in my power to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Everything in my
Obama reaffirmed this position again earlier this
year on May 22, when he told an AIPAC audience that, “We remain committed to
preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.”
Now is the time for him
to stand by his word. Round after round of sanctions have failed to halt
Tehran’s nuclear drive. The only option left on the table is the measure of last
resort: military force. Nothing else, it seems, will stop Iran from achieving
To be sure, such a course of action would enrage many
throughout the Muslim world. And taking out Iran’s nuclear infrastructure would
neither be easy nor quick.
But it is better to be respected than to be
liked. And right now, America is neither.
Obama’s path to electoral
victory goes straight through Tehran. He can salvage his presidency and protect
the Western world by thwarting Ahmadinejad’s devious plans.
fraught with risk, a US-led military assault against Iran’s nuclear
installations might just be the game-changer that Obama – and the world – so
desperately need. Here’s hoping that he acts before it is too late.The
writer is chairman of Shavei Israel (www.shavei.org), which reaches out and
assists lost tribes and hidden Jewish communities to return to the Jewish