Obama vs. Eizenstat?
12:58 PM, Jul 2, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
In an interview, veteran Democratic foreign policy insider Stuart Eizenstat admits that the Obama administration has not placed all options on the table for dealing with Iran. The Times of Israel reports:
In other words, Eizenstat is saying that America will is not likely ever to use military action against Iran nuke program.
Eizenstat's remarks stand in contrast with what President Obama has publicly stated. "We all prefer to resolve this issue diplomatically," Obama stated at AIPAC's annual conference in March. "Having said that, Iran’s leaders should have no doubt about the resolve of the United States, just as they should not doubt Israel’s sovereign right to make its own decisions about what is required to meet its security needs. I have said that when it comes to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, I will take no options off the table, and I mean what I say." (Emphasis added.)
But one should not discount Eizenstat's statement. His experience in Democratic foreign policy circles is vast.
Consider his biography, especially the parts detailing his experience in sanctioning Iran:
While it's true President Obama has spoken about leaving options on the table, his inaction toward Iran at this point undermines tough talk--and suggests Eizenstat's assessment is correct.