In a recent special to CNN, Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor called for a tougher stance on Iran. The representative from Virginia used the opportunity to lambast what he saw as Obama’s “lackadaisical” attitude toward an impending threat.
As CNN reports, “Beyond the strategic challenges posed by the Arab Spring lies an urgent threat,” Cantor stated. “Iran’s determination to achieve nuclear weapons capability. Iran’s effort, if successful, could destabilize the Middle East, spur a regional nuclear arms race and undermine America’s influence in this pivotal region…Unfortunately, the window to solve this problem without conflict gets smaller with each passing day as Iran attempts to master the enrichment of uranium”
“Economic and diplomatic pressures haven’t worked either, but they have been episodic, gradual and largely unilateral. While the U.S. left Iran’s market years ago, we can still exert great pressure through financial sanctions, and President Barack Obama should do so.”
Note: Under the advisement of the Obama Administration, The United States has in fact imposed such sanctions against Iran.
Cantor went on to say that America missed its chance at regime change in 2009. “Frankly, the Obama administration missed an opportunity to stand with Iran’s dissidents when they rose up against their oppressive rulers after the rigged elections.” This was roughly around the same time that Republicans were complaining about the stimulus and deficit spending.
“There is no substitute for American leadership in the Middle East. It is time for the Obama administration to show it…If these measures ultimately fail, the international community may be forced to confront the difficult decision of using military force in face of an implacable Iran.”
While the rhetoric of Mr. Cantor never blatantly calls for war, the statement hardly denounces it. His comments alluding to Israel’s perplexity of American reluctance are literally about military strikes. And aside from war, all the action’s Cantor calls for, like financial sanctions, are already in place.
CNN, with its alleged socialist agenda, apparently published Cantor’s piece fully knowing full-well he would sound like an idiot.