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Bombing Iran to Save A Presidency

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Submitted by Deven (United States), Feb 2, 2010 at 12:50

In this article Mr. Pipes is suggesting a policy on Iran which many (republicans, democrats and independents) would likely agree needs to be addressed. However, suggesting to the President a policy of bombing a country to save political face is irresponsible and dangerous. I find it interesting that the previous Republican administration ignored the potential threat of Iran, and then led us into a war with Iraq that empowered the rise of Shiites across the panhandle of the Middle East. We (the U.S.) enabled and strengthened Iran starting in 2003. Why is it suddenly Obama's fault? Regardless of whether one likes the President or not, this is a policy that needs to be addressed based on realities and not politics. Let's not forget that our brave military is spread thin over two wars. Bombing Iran will likely inflame insurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan and further hinder the United State's legitimacy in the Middle East. Also, it is the government that many Americans oppose and not the people or their culture. Let's not make bold policy statements against Iran, but against those in power who actually are the threat.

Mr. Pipes, ... Using polls suggesting that Americans back a bombing does not mean this approach is either the right thing to do or the right time. Polls suggested we attack Iraq as well. I think they show us a different story today.

Suggesting that we bomb a country –even if only a factory – will lead Americans to "presumably rally around the flag" and will somehow be a catalyst to bi-partisanship is a ridiculous claim. If this were true, why has there been a political rift among parties following Iraq and Afghanistan. Why was this not successful in bridging the divide among Americans during the Clinton administration? This is a morally and realistically irresponsible suggestion. If the ideology of realism is the best foreign policy, then you cannot deny a country such as Iran from creating nuclear weapons and striking others. Realism is not realistic in our modern world climate. ...

...Let's teach Americans about the issues abroad so they can make informed decisions when they respond to polls. Include all perspectives on the Middle East (Republican, Democrat, military, foreign neighbors). Bring people together to actually discuss foreign policy for securing our country rather than directing Americans attention from health care.

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