Posted by: Nathan M. | March 23, 2009

Obama’s Problem

barack_obamaBarack Obama has a problem, and it is the same problem that America has been dealing with for years. What makes Obama’s issue a little different is the fact that he has demonstrated that he is much less apt to use the hammer that America so very often brandishes. It is as Martin Wolf has said: “The U.S. possesses a fine hammer. But the challenges it confronts are not all nails”. Obama has recognized the fact that Iran is not a nation that can simply be threatened or coerced into cooperation. However, Obama must now figure out a way to deal with Iran that is completely foreign to America policy. It is the art of diplomacy that Canada is very familiar with, but is completely foreign to American policy. Iran has demanded an apology from the U.S. for American past treatment of Iran. This is something that Obama simply cannot do-it would be absolute political suicide. At the same time, however, Obama has put out a friendly hand and offered better relations between the two nations. This is essentially like putting out a hand of friendship and getting spit in the face for your efforts. The immediate reaction, and one that would be followed by many previous Presidents, would be to respond with more Iranian sanctions. However, Obama has painted himself as a diplomat, as he very-well is. And thus, we can see that Obama has gotten into a very difficult situation.

I must admit, I’m not sure how I feel about Obama offering a friendly hand to Iran. I don’t believe that he will go very far with it and bend to far to appease Iran, however, Iran is an extremely disconcerting nation. I’m not sure if I could ever truly believe that Iran has laid down its hate for America, even if Iran agreed to more friendly policial relations with America. The old adage-keep your friends close and your enemies closer-is true for both America and Iran, and I would be a little concerned if I saw Iran having success in developing good relations with the United States, especially with their impending development in Nuclear Weapons. I am a Westerner, I will admit it-and I believe that I am a whole lot more safe with Iran under America’s close and distrustful watch.

Here are some links to articles on the subject:

National Post Article

Reuters Article



  1. Hmmmm…
    I think an important to note is that it is simply Iran’s politcal elite that are so anti-west. The general population is actually one of the most open minded of the middle east. In reality the populaion knows about the corruption and near insanity of it’s government. Waitingout the current regime and contnueing to extend frindly relations seems to be the best solution

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