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JANUARY 4, 2010 7:08PM

Banging the Drum for an Attack on Iran

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This is a quick post on a serious topic.  Instead of doing more commenting on my own, I just wanted to share an email message I got from Senator Roger Wicker (Republican--MS)  or, most probably, the person in his camp who disseminates such messages.  Somehow I got on Wicker's list, probably because of letters I've written on healthcare, torture, etc.

I find this letter--so blatant an advertisement for an attack--to be frightening.

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Report From Congress
By Senator Roger F. Wicker
Wicker: Preventing Nuclear-Armed Iran Remains a Top U.S. Priority in 2010
As the year 2009 ended, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed a deadline from the United States and our allies on a United Nations deal to halt uranium enrichment, a key component in Iran’s nuclear program. This is the latest in a series of snubs by the Iranian regime beset by increasing domestic unrest. In December, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted that the Obama administration’s diplomatic efforts have “produced very little in terms of a positive response,” and she also conceded what many of us have thought all along: “Additional pressure is going to be called for.”
Rising Tensions
A nuclear-armed Iran would have global implications, particularly for strong U.S. allies in the Middle East, including Israel. During a speech before the U.N. in September, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed this point, saying, “The greatest threat facing the world today is the marriage between religious fanaticism and the weapons of mass destruction, and the most urgent challenge facing this body is to prevent the tyrants of Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.”
            All evidence indicates Iran is accelerating its pursuit of a nuclear bomb. The failure of diplomacy has led the Obama administration to consider alternative options in dealing with Iran. Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently declared that a military option could not be ruled out. In an annual assessment of the nation’s military risks and priorities he wrote, “My belief remains that political means are the best tools to attain regional security and that military force will have limited results. However, should the president call for military options, we must have them ready.”
            I share Admiral Mullen’s view that we should first exhaust our political options. Our strongest non-military approach is economic sanctions. Currently, Iran is subject to a range of U.S. sanctions, which place restrictions on trade, investment, and foreign aid. Efforts are underway in Congress to strengthen U.S. leverage with partners, such as China and Russia, to back international sanctions. Recently, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that would authorize President Obama to impose sanctions on nations that sell or otherwise provide Iran with refined oil. The Senate will consider similar legislation soon.
Potential Outcomes
As the U.S. addresses this international priority, which promises to intensify this year, there are three scenarios that could unfold:
            The first is that the international community would have to contend with a nuclear-armed Iran. With nuclear capability, Iran would have greater leverage than ever to impose its will on the Middle East and create unprecedented regional instability. This could heighten the likelihood that nuclear weapons could fall into the hands of terrorist organizations, which have a long history of support from Iran. These terrorists have pledged to destroy America and spread violence across the globe. It would be illogical to ask our soldiers to fight terrorist organizations in Afghanistan and Iraq, while ignoring Iran’s role in bolstering terrorism.
            The second scenario is that Israel, which is within reach of Iran’s missiles, could act unilaterally to protect itself. Israel has taken such action in the past. In 1981, Israel staged the world’s first airstrike against a nuclear plant and took out Iraq’s Osirak reactor. More recently, Israel launched a strike on a partially constructed nuclear reactor in Syria. An attack on Iran’s nuclear infrastructure would certainly prove more difficult, as facilities have been strategically spread across the country. As Prime Minister Netanyahu warned, “History has shown us time and again that what starts with attacks on the Jews eventually ends up engulfing many others.” Because Israel would face a tremendous tactical challenge that would likely require the involvement of the U.S. and other allies, this option should be viewed as a last resort.
            The third and most hopeful scenario would involve the Iranian people themselves and a democratic uprising that is not as far-fetched as some believe. Iran has a century-old tradition of democracy, and the world is now seeing how thin the people’s support for the regime truly is. When President Ahmadinejad’s term was extended in June, millions of civilians took to the streets to protest the hijacked election. In late December, hundreds of thousands of Iranians flocked to the religious capital of Qom for the funeral of the Shite cleric who helped lead the largest anti-government movement in three decades. Just last week, new demonstrations against government oppression erupted in cities across the country. The regime, clearly threatened by its empowered populace, responded with deadly violence. A number of democratic activists were shot and killed, while many others were arrested. The population of Iran, the majority of which is under the age of 30, is ideologically primed to lead the way to a hopeful future, free from the oppression of the current regime.
          
            Despite the many challenges posed by Iran, there is hope. This issue will remain a top priority for the U.S., and we should work to employ the diplomatic strength of the world to bring about change in Iran’s behavior. In addition to sanctions, we must demonstrate U.S. support and encouragement for the democratic yearnings of the Iranian people to usher in a new government that serves and protects their interests.
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We are finally recovering from the drunken Texas frat boy's blunder in the Middle East and the Conservative Republicans of America Party are pusing for a new quagmire. Are they just stupid or are they totally insane?
Occular Nervosa: Are they just stupid or are they totally insane? The answer is Yes. Add to that "Divorced from fiscal reality." Because they'll scream their ruddy heads off at Obama for the state of the national debt/deficit that supposedly 'didn't matter' and evidently to their Alice In Wonderland Universe, didn't EXIST prior to 1/20/09. They handily forget they were the ones who enthusiastically helped run it up until and unless there's a Democrat they can blame for the mess. I despair of them all, I really do. They've fallen off the far right end of reality.

And yes Delia, the concept terrifies ME, too!
Lord have mercy. (Christ have mercy.)
It would be interesting to post a collection of such propaganda from Congressmen of each state. I wonder where they get their talking points?
This is all we need!
Say it ain't so. And what Owl said.
Rated.
Wow Delia, I'm hoping for the uprising of the people thing in Iran. Revelations stuff here...
Gah. Ugh. Draining, isn't it? At least the guy "says" he wants to exhaust diplomatic means.....then attack!
So many of these war whores were likely beat up on the schoolyard and this is their way of getting revenge in some deranged sort of way. As long as they aren't the ones doing battle and dying, this makes great sense to them. Tell me again how these people continue to get reelected because I just don't understand.
Who the hell is Wicker? Last I heard, he wasn't the President, but just another big mouth who is all hat and no cattle.

I don't know why the Republicans are pushing for so much hysteria and destabilization. It's like a shoplifter who gets caught, then sets the place on fire in order to distract everyone, even though he knows that he can't get away, because he's chained to the wall.
It frightened me in 2008 when Palin seemed to be on this track. Sometimes Hillary sounded like she was. I know that some people would buy this, hook, line, and sinker.
important topic - thanks.
"In addition to sanctions, we must demonstrate U.S. support and encouragement for the democratic yearnings of the Iranian people to usher in a new government that serves and protects their interests."

Wow. I like their careful use of the word "their." Their interest. I'm sure that the U.S. would be happy to encourage and support the Iranians usher in a government that assists U.S. interests. Their interests.