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Reader comment on item: How to Save the Obama Presidency: Bomb Iran

Submitted by Brian (United States), Feb 5, 2010 at 11:44

But here is an idea for Barack Obama to salvage his tottering administration by taking a step that protects the United States and its allies. (Starting a war that we cannot possibly finish……that is protecting the U.S. and our Allies???)

His counterterrorism record barely passes the laugh test. (I am no fan of Comrade Obama, but we have not had any successful terrorist attacks against us in the past two years)

Obama can give orders for the U.S. military to destroy the Iranian nuclear weapon capacity. " U.S. officials, including Defense Secretary Robert Gates, have warned that any strike on Iran would not stop the Islamic Republic from pursuing nuclear weapons. Instead, it would only delay Tehran, an opinion Petraeus said he shared."

Circumstances are propitious. First, U.S. intelligence agencies have reversed their preposterous 2007 National Intelligence Estimate, the one that claimed with "high confidence" that Tehran had "halted its nuclear weapons program," No one (other than the Iranian rulers and their agents) denies that the regime is rushing headlong to build a large nuclear arsenal. With Iran's arch enemy having over 200 nuclear warheads, is it any wonder that Iran would seek to build a bomb???

Second, if the apocalyptic-minded leaders in Tehran get the Bomb, they render the Middle East a yet more volatile and dangerous. They might deploy these weapons in the region, leading to massive death and destruction. Eventually, they could launch an electro-magnetic pulse attack on the United States, utterly devastating the country. By eliminating the Iranian nuclear threat, Obama protects the homeland and sends a message to American's friends and enemies.

First off, almost everyone agrees, that we CANNOT eliminate the nuclear threat, only set it back for a short while. On what planet are you living where you think that Iran would actually use a nuclear bomb unless attacked first??? And an electro-magnetic pulse attack on the U.S.? Where in the world are you pulling this crazy information? If you think for a second that Iran is going to give a nuclear device to terrorist to use against the U.S., or that Iran themselves would try to launch a single nuclear weapon against us, you are crazier than the terrorist who would attempt such nonsense. This is absolute liberal non-sense.

Fourth, were the U.S. strike limited to taking out the Iranian nuclear facilities, and not aspire to regime change, it would require few "boots on the ground" and entail relatively few casualties, making an attack politically more palatable. For Pete sakes man, do you really think Iran is just going to sit idly by while we bomb their nuclear facilities?? If you think things have gotten somewhat better in Iraq, if we bomb Iran, Iraq will come apart at the seems, not to mention the havoc Iran could cause in Afghanistan, Lebanon and Palistine, and they could conceivably use anti-shipping missels against ships in the gulf, effectively shutting the gulf down temporarily.

Just as 9/11 caused voters to forget George W. Bush's meandering early months, a strike on Iranian facilities would dispatch Obama's feckless first year down the memory hole and transform the domestic political scene. It would sideline health care, prompt Republicans to work with Democrats, make netroots squeal, independents reconsider, and conservatives swoon. Conservatives swoon!! True conservatives will see this for what it is ... What utter non-sense. Such ...policies have us bogged down in two un-winnable guerilla wars, and you want to add Iran to the list?! Wow, it never ceases to amaze me how the liberals have taken over foreign policy in this nation.

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