Bush Has Failed on Iran - Obama

Barack Obama yesterday was the keynote speaker at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Forum in Chicago.

In his speech, Obama committed himself to ensuring that the security of Israel was protected. He called Israel "...our strongest ally in the region and its only established democracy."

Obama also said that the United States must do more in the region. "Our job is to renew the United States’ efforts to help Israel achieve peace with its neighbors while remaining vigilant against those who do not share this vision. Our job is to do more than lay out another road map; our job is to rebuild the road to real peace and lasting security throughout the region."

Obama said that the world must stop Iran's uranium enrichment program, and stop them from getting nuclear weapons.

And he attacked President Bush over his failings on Iraq, which he said has led to a strengthened Iran. Obama said that the "...consequence of the Administration’s failed strategy in Iraq has been to strengthen Iran’s strategic position...and place Israel and other nations friendly to the United States in greater peril."

However, Obama stressed the need for caution and an increase of diplomacy.

"While we should take no option, including military action, off the table, sustained and aggressive diplomacy combined with tough sanctions should be our primary means to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons."