Memo to Obama: US can't surrender to Iran on nukes to defeat ISIS in Middle East

The tests of leadership keep coming for Barack Obama. Not to put too fine a point on it, but the future of Western civilization might hang on whether he passes them.

Obama finally answered the 3 a.m. phone call about Islamic State and, despite initially claiming it could be a “manageable problem,” he is showing signs of understanding the intrinsic evil. At the U.N., he called it a “network of death” and said, “The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force.”

It is a reflection of his stubborn, warped view that it took him 13 years after 9/11 to come to that obvious conclusion. Yet even as his underwhelming military campaign gets started, the Leader of the Free World must now face the Mother of All Evil.

That would be Iran and its nuclear program.

The mullahs and their so-called moderate president, Hassan Rouhani, are playing a devilish game by trying to win a pass on their nukes in exchange for helping combat the Islamic State.

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