Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Iranian Nukes

Today there were articles on Gideon's blog and John Derbyshire in the National Review on the Iranian Nuclear program. No alternative seems either easily accomplished or foolproof in effect. However, I agree with the President that a nuclear armed Iran is the preeminent strategic threat to the United States and our allies. At this point, it is worth it to move to a military option, if only for deterrent effect down the line. A nuclear proliferating Middle East will end in the destruction of Israel and tens of millions of dead.


Ghost Dansing said...

Oh.. but where is Mighty Mouth on this issue?

Asked about U.S. policy toward Iran, he said: "We're relying upon others, because we've sanctioned ourselves out of influence with Iran . . . in other words, we don't have much leverage with the Iranians right now."

This bizarre statement obviously does not portend the president's born-again conversion to multilateralism. Rather, it is a false assessment of U.S. influence and a potentially deadly recipe for U.S. acquiescence to a nuclear Iran.

President Bush says the greatest threat to U.S. national security is a nuclear weapon in the hands of terrorists. A nuclear Iran, not Saddam Hussein's Iraq, is a truly dangerous manifestation of that threat.

So how has the Bush administration acted to protect us? Overstretched with 140,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and paralyzed by internal policy disputes, the administration's response has been to posture, threatening to take Iran to the U.N. Security Council, while effectively having no Iran policy at all.

In response to one of the most urgent threats to the United States, Bush has subcontracted American security to the Europeans. Last week the president confirmed this as his approach, arguing that the United States has no choice. "We've sanctioned ourselves out of influence," the president said, almost echoing Vice President Cheney, who as chief executive of Halliburton pressed for lifting U.S. sanctions against Iran.

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