Jonathan, the gap is growing between where the president is–still talking about talking, still concocting deadlines to replace those that have been blown, and without even the hint of embarrassment that just days ago he went to the UN to soft-pedal the danger from Iran–and where the public and Congress may be heading. Sens. Lieberman, Kyl and Bayh have released a statement calling for crippling sanctions. For good measure, they add, “President Obama must also reaffirm that–should diplomacy fail–all options remain on the table.”
What’s Obama to do now–veto such a measure because it would interfere with his open-ended, farcical negotiations? It is painfully obvious that Obama is playing catch-up. The Iranian disclosure forced him to toughen his rhetoric. But what will force him to stiffen his spine–to demand Russia give something for that missile defense give-away, to urge gasoline sanctions be promptly passed, and to deliver in no uncertain terms the message that the U.S. will take the lead in pursuing a military option if that is what is needed? Nothing, I suspect. That’s just not what Obama is all about. After all, he told us just Wednesday that we all want peace.