By GARY BAUMGARTEN
Paltalk News Network
While President Obama is pushing Congress to approve a health reform bill in obvious haste - so much so that the Senate is scheduled to vote on its version during a rare Christmas eve session - there seems to be less of a sense of urgency with regard to Iran's nuclear weapons program.
The major nations that are considering additional sanctions against Iran have held a phone consultation on the matter. And are putting off until after the New Year meeting to agree (hopefully) on a strategy with which to deal with Tehran.
Not that health care reform isn't an important agenda item. But it's waited this long. It can wait a little longer.
The same can't be said for Iran's failure to live up to its agreement to ship its enriched uranium to Russia to ensure that it isn't going to be used to build a nuclear weapon.
This lack of commitment by the world community sends a horrible message to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his religious handlers. The message is - there's no real urgency to this issue. We'll continue to fiddle while Iran moves closer to burning the world.
If President Obama and his counterparts in Russia, Britain, China, France and Germany put as much effort into getting Iran to comply as he does pushing health reform perhaps the message to Iran - and the eventual outcome - might be different.
In the end, these nations seem willing to make Israel the sacrificial lamb - the nation that can't afford to wait until it's too late. The nation that so many love to hate will be hated even more by its enemies (if that's even possible) when it - ultimately - takes the kind of decisive, military action that might be necessitated by the stalling of the permanent five members of the UN Security Council and Germany.