Barack Obama on the Issues: Iran.

In another segment on Barack Obama’s views, Right Pundits explores the challenge presented by Iran. In the candidate’s own words, Obama provides substance to the man behind the speeches.

Just two months ago in May 2008, Obama said “Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, these countries are tiny, they don’t pose a serious threat to us.” That position caused an international firestorm among our allies in Europe and contributed to Obama’s reputation as naive on foreign policy.

Fast forward to July 23 2008. In a flip-flop Obama said that Iran poses a grave threat to world peace and United States security.

“A nuclear Iran would pose a grave threat and the world must prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. I will take no options off the table” in dealing with Iran.

The quote is common sense and hardly newsworthy except that it is coming from Barack Obama who has made pacification a cornerstone of his foreign policy, particularly his Iran policy. He has now adopted the George Bush policy on Iran, with one small caveat. Obama wants to “talk” with the Iranians is some “direct” way that he claims has not already been tried before. He has not been able to articulate what he really means.

Despite adopting the Bush policy, Obama’s website still reads “When I am this party’s nominee, my opponent will not be able to say … that I gave George Bush the benefit of the doubt on Iran.”

Obama has not put any substance behind the new Iranian talking points yet. For example, he has so far remained neutral on Russia stationing modern air defenses in Iran.


Barack Obama’s Iranian Strategy