Gen. Vallely: Obama Iran Policy Destined to Fail

Tuesday, 19 Jan 2010 04:17 PM

By John Rossomando

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The Obama administration’s Iran policy could be destined to fail due to its inability to understand the situation, says retired Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, a noted military analyst.

The administration’s policy of trying to get Iran to abandon its nuclear program diplomatically hasn't worked for decades, said Vallely, who founded the Stand Up America Project, is military committee chairman for the Washington-based Center for Security Policy, and has authored several books.

“It hasn’t worked at all since 1979 when they took our hostages,” Vallely told Newsmax.TV’s Kathleen Walter. “The Iranians have tried to do what they want to do and extend Shariah law around the world.

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“The only thing we can do other than hope for an attack by Israel or the United States is that the Iranian opposition prevails and we have … what we call a 'velvet revolution' in Iran.”

The administration has resorted to “appeasement” in its dealings with Iran, said Vallely, adding that sanctions won’t work because the Iranian regime has placed itself on the path to becoming the dominant regional power in the Middle East.

Gen. David Petraeus' recent admissions that contingency plans exist to take military action against Iran’s nuclear targets reveal flaws about the Obama administration’s Iran policy, Vallely said.

“This doesn’t say anything really positive because we haven’t really had a solid commitment from the Obama administration on supporting Israel,” Vallely said. “As a matter of fact, it’s been more anti-Israel with the current administration.”

Petraeus’ comments indicate that the U.S. military has done target assessments on 75 potential major Iranian nuclear targets that could be hit in case of war, and Israel has already done much of the same, he said.

“So Gen. Petraeus was only talking about contingency plan either to support Israel or to take some kind of action from the United States,” Vallely said.

Contingency plans probably include attacking Iran’s nuclear targets, as well as those related to its command and control functions, as well as disabling its Revolutionary Guard.

He also believes the Obama administration has underestimated the threat posed by radical Islamic groups and their desire to hit targets in the United States, as evidenced by the Fort Hood, Texas, massacre and the attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day.

“We’ve got to vet these people out even before they get on an aircraft and know who the enemy are,” Vallely said.

The administration needs to move past political correctness and go after the terrorist training camps to prevent further attacks, he said.

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