If this is true then Obama has a lot of growing up to do on the world stage.
Unknown to the world, Obama had in his pocket explosive revelations about an illegal uranium-enrichment facility that the Iranians had been hiding near Qom. The French and the British were urging him to use this most dramatic of settings to stun the world with the revelation and to call for immediate action.
Obama refused. Not only did he say nothing about it, but, reports Le Monde, Sarkozy was forced to scrap the Qom section of his speech. Obama held the news until a day later — in Pittsburgh. I’ve got nothing against Pittsburgh (site of the G-20 summit), but a stacked-with-world-leaders Security Council chamber, it is not.
I have to agree with Sarkozy. If Obama revealed that Iran was hiding illegal uranium enrichment facilities in Qom at the security council meeting it would have been a bombshell. Instead he said some mealy mouthed crap about nuclear disarmament knowing full well China, India, Russia, and Pakistan would never disavow themselves from the nuclear club.
He could have said this secret program shows Iranian duplicity and would be able to call for tough sanctions, an immediate end to enrichment, a call for a visit from the IAEA, etc. He could have put this information right in front of Russia and China and confronted them to their faces. Instead he sits on the information until the G20 when the impact if blunted. What an amateur. Actually this should have gotten Sarkozy riled up as well.
After all, just a day earlier in addressing the General Assembly, Obama actually said, “No one nation can . . . dominate another nation.” That adolescent mindlessness was followed with the declaration that “alignments of nations rooted in the cleavages of a long-gone Cold War” in fact “make no sense in an interconnected world.” NATO, our alliances with Japan and South Korea, our umbrella over Taiwan, are senseless? What do our allies think when they hear such nonsense?
That sounds just like something a college kid would say. Also Sarkozy knows full well that one nation can indeed dominate another nation. Sarkozy's nation was at one time dominated by Nazi Germany. And if not for the Allies they would still be dominated by another nation.
Also all these "long-gone Cold War alignments" still work because they are collections of nations with similar interests and all have thriving Democracies. It doesn't matter how interconnected the world is there will still be bad actors like Iran and virtual dictatorships like Russia to dominate the world stage.
We formed those alliances to fight the Soviet Union now we maintain them so that Iran doesn't launch nukes on Jerusalem. If you can't rely on allies of 50-60 years then who can you rely on? I guess Obama slept through those history classes at Harvard.