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Santorum, Obama and Iran

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum today called President Obama a “paper tiger," accusing him of “appeasing” countries such as Iran.

"[T]he Iranians, they are moving full-scale forward with their nuclear program,” Santorum said on ABC. “They know the president is not going to do anything to stop them. He has been a paper tiger and they are an existential threat to the state of Israel, and the Israelis know it and the Americans know it. And this president has not stepped forward and done anything to stop that threat.”

Indeed, the Israeli news website Ynetnews has reported that “the Iranian regime is closer than ever before to creating a nuclear bomb, according to RAND Corporation researcher Gregory S. Jones” In fact, at its current pace, Tehran could have enough enriched uranium to make its first bomb within two months, according to Jones’ report. Jones goes on to argue that nothing short of military occupation can stop this nuclear development.

After years of frayed relations between Iran and the George W. Bush White House, Obama devoted his energy in 2009 to engaging Iran diplomatically. But when Tehran rejected an offer for an interim solution -- under which it would ship some uranium out of the country for enrichment -- Obama imposed strict sanctions against Iran, with the help of the United Nations.

Obama has recently vowed to “keep up the pressure” on Tehran to prevent its obtaining nuclear weapons.