The Strait of Hormuz and You: Nuclear Arms, Republican Guards and Rabbits

              According to the Tehran Times, On Tuesday, former US president Jimmy Carter, speaking from the ‘Carter Center’ in Atlanta, urged President Obama to seek a peaceful solution to the looming crisis and conflict in Iran.

            “Our country’s government has basically abandoned the effort for peace in the region,” Carter said. The Tehran Times article references as its source a Sept. 12th article posted on the Times of Israel  site titled, Jimmy Carter urges Obama not to ‘draw a line in the sand’ for Iran’s nuclear program. The Israeli piece turns to Carter’s remarks concerning the US presidential election system,

            “We have one of the worst election processes in the world right in the United States of America, and it’s almost entirely because of the excessive influx of money,” Carter is quoted as saying.  

            Well….. so what?

            Jimmy Carter does know a thing or two about losing presidential elections, and electoral ballot counts for that matter. He also is well versed in Iranian diplomacy, as his actions during the 1979-80 Iranian hostage crisis proved; a catastrophe which may have helped Ronald Reagan win the 1980 US presidential election. Now it’s 2012, and a looming Iranian conflict may again influence a presidential race.

            Iran’s actions and statements over the past few months, including a recent declaration by their top Revolutionary Guard Commander, according to AP, that ““nothing will remain,” of Israel” if it takes military action against Tehran over its controversial nuclear program,” seem very purposeful and calculated.  Iran is not winning any compassion points from the world, considering their offensive rhetoric and posture, but they are pressuring western nations to take a stance on the matter, one way or the other, which they have failed to do thus far.

            While Israel has pressured the Obama administration to do just that, ‘draw a line in the sand,’ for Iranian nuclear ambitions, President Obama has steered clear of choosing that route, and has taken a middle road, encouraging more negotiations to take place, while strategically beefing up America’s military presence in the region, via a number of naval vessels and a planned allied naval exercise scheduled for this week; all coinciding with the recent foreign attacks on American consulates and embassies.

            Presidential contender Romney has been mum concerning Iran. It is not a leap to state that he lose the 2012 US presidential election unless President Obama bumbles a hostage crisis or has a rabbit incident.

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