President Obama, who has been maligned in every possible way on the topic of Israel and its security, continues to affirm his commitment to stopping Iran's nuclear program. Not that you would notice from the coverage. I've believed, since I reported this Atlantic story last year, that Obama is quite serious about keeping nuclear weapons out of Iran's hands.
Earlier this month, following the damning IAEA report on the progress of Iran's nuclear program, Obama spoke of marshaling an international front that "makes clear to Iran this is unacceptable." This happened during bilateral meetings with Chinese and Russian leaders, no less. For some reason, and despite his other successes, doubt about Obama's resolve on the nuclear question continues to dog him especially among right-leaning Israelis and their right-leaning American supporters. As a public service, Goldblog has compiled some of his statements on Iran and its nuclear ambitions:
Speaking to AIPAC in 2008, a speech in which he stated his opposition to dividing Jerusalem, Obama said this:
"I will do everything in my power to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon - everything."
During a vertiginous ride through the No Spin Zone with Bill O'Reilly in 2008, one in which Obama labeled Iran "a major threat" and said that Iran possessing a nuclear weapon would be "unacceptable," Obama also said this:
"It's sufficient to say I would not take military action off the table and that I will never hesitate to use our military force in order to protect the homeland and the United States' interests."
In the days following his election, President-elect Obama said this:
"Let me repeat and state what I stated during the course of the campaign: Iran's development of a nuclear weapon I believe is unacceptable. We have to mount an international effort to prevent that from happening."
A month later, after a meeting with Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu reported that President-Elect Obama told him of his "view that Iran's acquisition of nuclear weapons is unacceptable."