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Washington Post: How I Would Check Iran's Nuclear Ambition

Author: Mitt Romney
March 5, 2012

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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney outlines his strategy toward Iran in this Washington Post piece.

Beginning Nov. 4, 1979, dozens of U.S. diplomats were held hostage by Iranian Islamic revolutionaries for 444 dayswhile America's feckless president, Jimmy Carter, fretted in the White House. Running for the presidency against Carter the next year, Ronald Reagan made it crystal clear that the Iranians would pay a very stiff price for continuing their criminal behavior. On Jan. 20, 1981,in the hour that Reagan was sworn into office, Iran released the hostages. The Iranians well understood that Reagan was serious about turning words into action in a way that Jimmy Carter never was.

America and the world face a strikingly similar situation today; only even more is at stake. The same Islamic fanatics who took our diplomats hostage are racing to build anuclear bomb. Barack Obama, America's most feckless president since Carter, has declared such an outcome unacceptable, buthis rhetorichas not been matched by an effective policy. While Obama frets in the White House, the Iranians are making rapid progress toward obtaining the most destructive weapons in the history of the world.

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