The Iranian threat. It seems the country of Iran either thinking the United States and Israel are stupid or know Obama is weakened are touting their nuclear program. What has perplexed me about this situation is the war has begun.
Iran seems to be enriching uranium and expanding their nuclear program without disclosing specific details. Iran is a radical Muslim country whose present leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a horrible anti-Semite on the same level has Adolf Hitler. Iran fails to recognize Israel's right to exist and constantly bangs the war drums.
Iran is one of the largest producers of gas and oil and claim their nuclear programs are for peaceful purposes and refuse to allow access of their sites to the world. They threaten to close the straight of Hormuz which is a 34 mile wide strait that opens petroleum routes from the Persian gulf to the Arabian sea and eventually the world.
Hezbollah is a terrorist group supported by Iran and based in Lebanon. Their numbers have grown to the point they now have positions in the Lebanese government.
Recently several assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists along with the Stuxnet computer worm that someone (creators unknown) injected into Iran's nuclear program shows that someone is concerned about Iran and the conflict has now escalated. Within the last week suicide bombers identified as Iranians have hit India and Bankok targeting Israeli interests.
I think Iran knows Obama is not going to do a single thing as far as going to war with them or deterring their nuclear program. The straights of Hormuz threat is a lot of hot air because the U.S. navy that is patrolling in that area would overwhelm anything the Iranians have to offer. Where there is a huge problem is Israel has loss confidence in Obama and will show no restraint when it comes down to waging war with Iran. We don't know if the assassinations and computer virus were from Israel but it seems likely.
All of this could seriously help Obama, but at the same time it could drastically hurt him. First problem is gas prices. Right now 20% of the worlds oil comes through the strait of Hormuz so this situation doesn't help gas prices. Higher gas prices could make the recovery fall flat and the fact that Obama is a global warming follower doesn't help. Second is Israel. If or when Israel attacks Iran what are all the other Muslim countries going to do? With Hezbollah in Lebanon, Syria slipping into a civil war, Egypt has the Muslim brotherhood, and Iraq a budding but unstable country still recovering from the war, it is a powder keg over there.
I think Obama needs to get a hold of the Iranians and reassure them that if push comes to shove we will not hesitate to send them back to the stone age. The Iranians know Obama is another Jimmy Carter and know they can push his buttons. Obama could use his ability to communicate and relay to Iran and the world that the United States will not be pushed and kindness is not weakness.