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Submitted by Andy (United States), Jan 13, 2013 at 01:00

I don't disagree that we have the right to attack those who attack our forces. Yet, this sounds like an explicit declaration of war...we're supposed to bomb factories, etc., that are on Iranian soil. I doubt their leaders would cower and give up their nuke program in response. They might well respond by attacking US interests, if not in the US, then in many places overseas.

Re the old balony "negotiations/diplomacy," can I volunteer that...it's been tried and found wanting?

Wasn't there an unaptly named Big Three European countries (might have been France, Great Britain and Germany), who "negotiated" with Iran for five years, 2003-2008, and accomplished zero, zip, nada.

The Iranians went to the North Vietnamese school of negotiation, aka Muhammad Ali "Rope a Dope." Negotiate, negotiate and negotiate some more. Finally, after months, or was it years, the US and North Vietnamese agreed on the shape of the conference room table, and everyone in the West was thrilled. Various countries have directly or indirectly, been negotiating with Iran for years on stopping their nuclear weapons program. And nothing has or will happen as a result of diplomacy.

Obama had a chance ago, to support the Iranian dissidents, and he sat on his hands and other parts of his anatomy, and did nothing. The Iranians know the US under Obama, and the Europeans under anyone, will not do anything of substance, except try more sanctions. We have become the opposite of Teddy's "Walk softly and carry a big stick." How many Western politicians have said that Iran having a nuclear bomb is unaccptable? Beaucoup.

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