Eugene Robinson, in today's Washington Post..
Unless Ron Paul somehow wins the nomination, it looks as if a vote for the Republican presidential candidate this fall will be a vote for war with Iran.
GOP Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell...
"If Iran, at any time, begins to enrich uranium to weapons-grade level, or decides to go forward with a weapons program, then the United States will use overwhelming force to end that program," McConnell said, according to an advanced text of the speech.
McConnell said the authorization for U.S. military against Iran would make clear that if Iran or its proxies retaliate against the United States or its interests, they would face an overwhelming response.
Santorum sharply criticized the joint offer by the United States, European countries, Russia and China to resume talks with Iran on its suspected nuclear weapons program as "another appeasement, another delay, another opportunity for them to go forward (with developing a nuclear weapon) while we talk."
Romney assailed the administration's go-slow approach on Iran, saying "the only thing respected by thugs and tyrants is our resolve, backed by our power and our readiness to use it."
"The red line is now," Gingrich declared to a standing ovation.
Israel's version of Dick Cheney, Bebe Netanyahu, yesterday...
“We cannot accept that Iran has nuclear weapons because that would represent a danger to the existence of our country,” the premier said in an interview on private Channel 10 television.
Is this what Bebe was really after?....
“In meetings the president had there was no such agreement proposed or reached,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters, according to Reuters. Obama and Netanyahu meet in the Oval office for two hours on Monday and then had lunch together.
An Israeli official said earlier on Thursday that Israel has asked the United States for advanced “bunker-buster” bombs and refueling planes that could improve its ability to attack Iran’s underground nuclear sites.
Yes, we've actually seen this movie before....and not that long ago. 4500 U.S. soldiers are now dead because of that last movie, tens of thousands wounded. Our U.S. deficit was blown up by trillions, Iraq is a veritable hellhole today, and America and Americans are hated more today by Arab and Muslim middle easterners than when Bush announced his "mission accomplished."
To neo-conservative warmongers.....the lesson from Iraq is that we just need to start a war with Iran.
I'm not a strict peacenik.....close....but not 100%. But I do believe that every war that the U.S. has been involved in since WW2 has been an unnecessary war of choice. What the U.S. is involved in right now is not a war....it's, rather, a unilateral U.S. military expansion into any/all nations of the world.....justifying all of it by claiming 9-11 and "terrorism" as the excuse. It is unprecedented.....I believe it's entirely illegal....and it's harming our nation's future, not helping it.
I also realize that in a violence-loving, gun fetishizing, American exceptionalism-claiming country like the U.S., I am in the minority on this one. However, I must point out that I was not mistaken about the wrongheadedness of attacking Iraq in 2002.....and it is quite possible that I am not mistaken now about the even-more-wrongheadedness of attacking Iran.
There is no evidence that Iran has, or is even close to constructing, a nuclear weapon. No neo-con can point to any evidence that rebuts that claim. Even DNI Director Clapper has stated publicly that we do not have any evidence suggesting Iran has even made the decision to construct a nuclear weapon.
The latest info from the IAEA points to increased enrichment of uranium by Iran. However, the truth....rarely spoken by our war marchers in media....is that Iran is said to have moved from enriching uranium at 6% concentration (for nuclear energy rods) to 20% (medical isotope uses). In doing this, Iran is not in violation of anything. It requires 90% enrichment to produce fuel for a nuclear bomb......and yet neo-con screechers in the U.S. and Israel are pretending with their hysterical tough talk and macho-bullsh*t that Israel, America...someone...must attack Iran right now.
If you pay any attention to the Fox machine....all you hear is threatening talk about bombing, attacking, bunker-bustering....Iran.
In addition to Iran's current inability to make a nuclear weapon....which should be enough to stop a needless war in the near future.....how would the dynamic change in the middle east, if Iran actually did own a nuclear weapon?
Neo-cons and their fans tell me that if Iran obtains a nuclear weapon, Israel is history. Really? The Iranian mullahs would drop their nuclear bomb on Israel shortly after they perfected it? They would do that....why? Because the mullahs want all the people in Iran to be obliterated in a fireball of U.S. nuclear retaliation? Does that make any sense? It doesn't to me.
58,000 U.S. young men died in Vietnam......a war of choice. All for nothing. 4500 U.S. men and women died in Iraq.....a war of choice. All for nothing. Yet, neo-conservative warmongers in the U.S. just can't wait to send more U.S. soldiers to be killed in another war of choice.
It's a sickness.
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