Iran Must Not Get a Nuclear Weapon

Sadly, if Iran does not back off their efforts to obtain a nuclear weapon, they will be forcibly stopped. Whether that occurs in 2012 is up to them.

Iran’s health, safety, welfare, and sovereignty are squarely in their hands. They control their own destiny.

The United States, Israel, and others have been very patient and measured in dealing with Iran to date, in spite of Iran’s violations and contempt of International Law and Convention and threats and taunts to shut down the Strait of Hormuz.

The United States, the EU, and Gulf Nations are working very hard to avoid conflict and to put into effect more sanctions against Iran in an attempt to persuade Iran to abandon its nuclear ambitions. The U.S. is determined to isolate Iran’s Central Bank while at the same time convince countries dependent on Iranian oil to boycott it with the assurance that supplies will be forthcoming from other oil producing nations.

The last thing America, Israel, and our allies want to do is attack Iran. But, there is no doubt in my mind that will occur if Iran does not back down completely and verifiably from their pursuit of nuclear weapon capability.

There may be evidence that sanctions against Iran are working. In an interview with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the New York Times reports:

“For the first time, I see Iran wobble,” [Netanyahu] went on to add, referring to “the sanctions that have been adopted and especially under the threat of strong sanctions on their Central Bank.”

“If these sanctions are coupled with a clear statement from the international community led by the U.S. to act militarily to stop Iran if the sanctions fail, Iran may consider not going through the pain. There’s no point in gritting your teeth if you’re going to be stopped anyway. In any case, the Iranian economy is showing signs of strain.”

Should sanctions fail and it is determined to a high degree of certainty that Iran is on the verge of obtaining a nuclear weapon, then I believe Israel should take the necessary and proper actions to defend itself with the help of other nations including the United States.

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Bradley Blakeman

Bradley A. Blakeman teaches at Georgetown's Semester in Washington DC program. He most recently was the President of Freedom's Watch a right of center conservative advocacy 501 C4. Prior to founding Freedom's Watch, Mr. Blakeman was a member of President George W. Bush's Senior Staff having served from 2001-2004 as Deputy Assistant to the President for Appointments and Scheduling, Vetting and Research, Correspondence and Surrogate Scheduling. Mr. Blakeman can be seen regularly as a Republican Strategist on FOX News, MSNBC, BBC, CNN and Al Jezeera. He also is published regularly in Politico, US News and World Report and Newsmax. Mr. Blakeman played a major role in the 2000 Presidential Election as a Senior Advisor and played a critical role in the Florida Recount a role that landed him a part as a character in the HBO Film "Recount". He has also been an advisor on the ABC TV Drama Series "Commander in Chief". Mr. Blakeman is an Attorney licensed to practice in that State of New York and the District of Columbia and is currently the President & CEO with Kent Strategies LLC, a private corporation dedicated to providing strategic advice as well as crisis management and communications strategies to foreign governments and foreign and domestic corporations. He is also a principal of Manhole Barrier Security Systems Inc., which owns a U.S. Utility Patent on a manhole-locking device that is currently being sold nationwide. Mr. Blakeman has been active in Presidential Politics since 1980. He was appointed to serve as a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council during the George H.W. Bush Administration.

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