The ambassador also said that “talk of containment and deterrence really concerns me and makes me very nervous.”According to Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba, although his country does close to $12 billion in trade, it is still preferable to stop Iran's nuclear program--even with all of the backlash and consequences--rather than try diplomacy and sanctions.
He said Iran has not been deterred from supporting terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah now, when it doesn’t have a nuclear arsenal. So why, he asked rhetorically, would Iran be more cautious in its support for terrorism if it did.
“Why should I be led to believe that deterrence and containment will work?” he asked.[emphasis added]
Perhaps the UAE ambassador is trying to send Obama a not-so-subtle hint.
If so, we can only hope that Obama gets it.
Hat tip: Hot Air
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