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Bond: ‘We Need A Little Less Talk, A Lot More Action’


Sen. Kit Bond (R., Mo.), vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, tells NRO that Iran’s announcement that it is building a second uranium enrichment plant demands a tough response from President Obama. “It’s like that old country song,” says Bond. “We need a little less talk and a lot more action.”

“Iran has now been caught red-handed three times for hiding their nuclear activity,” says Bond. “Well, three strikes and you’re out.”

“Iran claims that their new site is purely peaceful, but why are they hiding it?” asks Bond. “I hope that the international response will now be much harsher and that this new revelation will serve as a wake-up call to Russia and China. President Obama has to get Russian president Dmitry Medvedev and Chinese president Hu Jintao to recognize that this is a time for action, and no time for more fooling around. We can’t have an effective economic and diplomatic response unless China, Russia, and others in the international community get in the buggy.”

It’s time for Russia especially to step up, says Bond. “Russia has useful trade with Iran and loves to cause America more problems. When President Obama took our missile sites out of Poland and the Czech Republic, he gave them a huge card. Now it’s up to Mr. Obama to get payment for that gratuity. We need to have a unity of effort.”

Bond tells us that one of the first things the Senate can do in response is to support a measure proposed by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I., Conn.) earlier this year to block any shipping company that delivers refined petroleum to Iran from coming into American ports. “That’s one of things we could do unilaterally, to hit them where it hurts,” says Bond. “I would also like to see the full-spectrum of economic sanctions imposed.”

“Israel is in their bombing range,” says Bond. “Iran has never backed off their pledge to wipe Israel off the map. Nuclear capability would give them that opportunity. When I was in Israel in December, there were lots of problems in Gaza. Israel was thinking about missile defense for its immediate threats in Gaza, but also long-term from Iran.”

“It’s about time that the anti-Semites in the United Nations realize that Israel was not crying wolf,” says Bond. “They are sitting next to a country that is a wolf.”

“The United States will never take the military option off-the-table,” says Bond. “When it comes to problems like this, we will, of course, exhaust all other options. But, we will still consider that option.”

So far, Bond is pleased by the early responses from American allies. “[British Prime Minister Gordon] Brown sounded great and [German Chancellor Angela] Merkel is on board,” says Bond.


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