I Ran [updated]
Q: What’s more important in world politics than the mis-named Ground Zero Mosque?
A: The fact that the world’s biggest sponsor of terrorism has just gone nuclear—in rhetoric as well as reality.
Q: And how was this allowed to happen?
A: Thirty years of bipartisan appeasement:
Consider the rise of Islamic Totalitarianism. In 1979, a new Iranian regime founded on Islamic  principles held fifty-two Americans hostage for four hundred and forty-four days, while America helplessly begged for their return and Iranian leaders had a world stage to proclaim their superiority to the nation they call the ‘Great Satan.’ … [W]ith America on her knees, the burgeoning anti-American movement achieved a crucial victory.
[Did this] warrant a military response? Did it rise to the level of a direct attack sufficient to place us at the point of ‘last resort’ with Iran and other nations that sponsor Islamic terrorism? Not according to Jimmy Carter. What about after two hundred and forty-three marines were killed in Lebanon in 1983? Not according to Ronald Reagan. Or after Khomeini’s fatwa offered terrorists a bounty to destroy writer Salman Rushdie and his American publisher for expressing an ‘un-Islamic’ viewpoint in 1989? Not according to George Bush, Sr. Or after the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993? Not according to Bill Clinton. The pattern is telling.
It is a pattern that has allowed Iran’s Mullahs to pursue the Islamist Holy Grail combining nuclear enrichment with the sponsorship of world terrorism—from Lebanon to Gaza to Iraq to Afghanistan—while allowing themselves to think the pursuit will attract no response.
Since future decisions are so often made on the basis of past actions, it underscores again how a forceful response at the right time can quell a conflict before it starts; whereas the lack of one so frequently leads to dangerous escalation, and much more force being necessary much later.
U.S. "reassures" Israel that Iran is "at least 12 months" from nuclear bomb despite starting reactor today… There, there. You're not going to get obliterated today; it's just later on where things could get a little dicey… Just try not to think of the idea that the "dying" Lockerbie bomber could, theoretically, outlive your country as you know it.