The Corner

21st Century Deterrence

The President yesterday, after his meeting with Prime Minister Olmert:

I think it’s very important for the world to unite with one common voice to say to the Iranians that, if you choose to continue forward, you’ll be isolated. And one source of isolation would be economic isolation. In other words, there has to be a consequence for their intransigence. They have — we went to the United Nations, we made it very clear — we, being a lot of the world — have made it clear that the Iranian nuclear weapons ambitions are not in the world’s interest. And therefore, if they continue to move forward with a program, there has to be a consequence. And a good place to start is working together to isolate the country.

Can you imagine if we had talked this way during the Cold War?  “Kruschev, don’t you dare fly Soviet warplanes over West Germany, or by God we shall stop inviting your diplomats to State Department cocktail parties.”  

It would have been better to say nothing. 

And by the way, poor Olmert is getting really good at putting a brave face on obvious defeats — which is good for him, considering how chic surrendering to the Axis of Evil has suddenly become in the United States.

Mario Loyola — Mr. Loyola is a research associate professor and the director of the Environmental Finance and Risk Management Program at Florida International University and a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. From 2017 to 2019 he was the associate director for regulatory reform at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.