Sunday, March 12, 2006

The Height Of Hubris

This report sent my blood pressure through the roof:
The United States has until now not done enough to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, a senior Defense Ministry official has told The Jerusalem Post while expressing hope that Wednesday's referral of the Iranian issue to the United Nations Security Council would prove to be effective.

"America needs to get its act together," the official said. "Until now the US administration has just been talking tough but the time has come for the Americans to begin to take tough action.

"While it was complicated to overthrow the current regime in Teheran, "it is not impossible," the official said. If the world stopped refining Iranian oil, the official said as an example, the country would not have gas for its cars. "If the people start to suffer then they will understand that a change in government is needed." But if the diplomatic course failed, Israel and the US needed to be prepared, the official said, to take military action against Teheran.
To help ensure Israel's safety, we've spent hundreds of billions in Iraq and lost thousands of troops to death and permanent injury. And now Israel is lecturing us that we "need to get our act together"?

In the genteel language of international diplomacy, what's the best way to say STFU?

34 Comments:

Anonymous Antonie said...

I can't wrap my mind around this issue. On the one hand, the situation in Iraq is making Iran stronger than ever. I don't believe Iran's claim that it needs nuclear power for peaceful purposes. It has plenty of gas for its domestic energy needs. Either it has Israel in mind or it wants to sell nukes on the black market, or both. Having nuclear power, even ten years from now, would put it in a stronger position. Ten years is not such a long time. Israel has reasons to be concerned but it's not healthy that it constantly looks for help only from the United States. Israel's foreign policy should be aimed at the international community as a whole. Its standing with the United Nations should be impeccable.

3/12/2006 8:17 AM  
Blogger LaPopessa said...

Well I certainly agree that the US needs to get its act together. That official & I differ tremendously on what the US should be trying to achieve, however. I'm with you. And I say ditch the genteel language of diplomacy. I was reading through Cheney's speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee this week and made some notes of Cheney's more moronic statements here http://somenotablequotables.blogspot.com/.

3/12/2006 11:08 AM  
Anonymous JWC said...

Scary stuff. Seems like we have been here before. Laying the ground for another war. Difference this time is we don't have an Army.

Maybe Iran wants nukes to prevent what happened to Iraq from happening to them. After the deal he cut with India, do we have any moral position left in regards to proliferation?

3/12/2006 5:56 PM  
Anonymous grass root said...

I'm thinking the same thing about no more Army. If Bush LLC thinks that it can get away with announcing that we are going to war in a third country, it's possible that the military, the economy, the US as we know it will begin to topple. It's simply not an option.
The Iranian people are good educated people. I hope that we will leave them alone to take care of their fundimentalist rhetorical windbag of a leader while we take care of ours.

3/12/2006 8:26 PM  
Blogger D.Boyer said...

I believe I might be way off base on this one, but if Iran in ten years time does pull together a nuclear arsenal (one bomb, or two dozen) does this not mean that the U.S. arsenal is now in play? I would think the mere fact that one has a nuclear weapon might actually mollify the international situations the same way it kept the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. from launching ground wars against each other.

Just a thought.

3/13/2006 8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting piece on Cunningham and Iran

"So it's interesting to note that there's a prominent Iranian American businessman involved in the network of players who arranged for Cunningham's two trips to Saudi Arabia in 2004. That Iranian-American businessman is close with Washington Iran hawks, is very heavily involved in Republican circles, and is now a leading advocate of getting the US to back efforts to promote the democratic overthrow of the Tehran regime."

3/13/2006 1:43 PM  
Anonymous George said...

The NRA says "An armed society is a polite society". In like fasion, perhaps a nuclear armed world is a polite world, eh? We didn't lose any blood or treasure invading North Korea, did we? (and they are no threat to us, and never were, I note.)

Regarding "getting our act together", perhaps we should start by outlawing lobbying by or for the benefit of foreign powers, i.e. AIPAC. Maybe then congress would be capable of making rational decisions in America's interest.

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