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Taking War Off The Table?

CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - President Bush said he could consider using force as a last resort to press Iran to give up its nuclear program.

Excellent. I'm glad to hear that the President is still not afraid to fight when fighting becomes necessary. As my favorite President once said, "We infinitely desire peace, and the surest way of obtaining it is to show that we are not afraid of war."

Unfortunately, some other leaders of nations currently involved in the problems surrounding Iran don't agree.

...German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, one of the most prominent European opponents of the U.S.-led war on Iraq, told an election rally on Saturday the threat of force was not acceptable.

In what appeared to be a reference to Bush's remarks that "all options are on the table," Schroeder told the crowd in his home city of Hanover:

" ... let's take the military option off the table. We have seen it doesn't work."

Right. Lets tell Iran that the sum total of international opposition to their support of terror, actions of war against the United States and dogged determination to produce nuclear weapons will be strongly-worded letters of condemnation and international sanctions. Because, you know, those measures worked so well against Iraq.

I'm not saying that the time for war with Iran is now. Far from it. I think there are other paths that could be tried before we arrive at that decision. All I'm saying is that its plumb stupid to say that war is "off the table," especially when dealing with an oppressive and un-democratic nation like Iran.

By Rob Port of Say Anything.


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Comments (16)

" ... let's take the mil... (Below threshold)
mesablue:

" ... let's take the military option off the table. We have seen it doesn't work."

Schroeder is right about one thing. It sure didn't work for Germany.

Hell, honestly, I think its... (Below threshold)
Robert:

Hell, honestly, I think its damn near time we start looking into the war option in dealing with both Iran and Syria. Those two terrorist sponsoring states need a good ass-whipping and we are just the nation to do it...either that or slip Israel's leash and let them annex the Golan and give a quick punch to Syria.

Iran and Syria = Terrorism. Its as simple as that.

What he means is w... (Below threshold)
macfromoc:

What he means is war didn't work for Germany - twice...

I'm sure the mullahs can ba... (Below threshold)
bullwinkle:

I'm sure the mullahs can barely control their shaking every time Herr Schroder speaks. Just like Saddam. All it'll take to put a stop to the Iranian nuke program now will be for Chirac to stand up and wave his white flag and sneer.

It didn't work for I... (Below threshold)
B Moe:


It didn't work for Iraq either.....

maybe he means it won't work for Iran!


I do not concern myself wit... (Below threshold)
rs:

I do not concern myself with the Eye Rainian Mullasses and their protracted Nucular Strut. W in his infinite wisdom and his long range view of Middle East Security sold plenty of them Bunker Bustin' Bombs to our buddies in Israel.

If you think Israel is gonna let the Mullasses develop a REAL Nucular weapon, then, buddy you been eatin' too much Brie and sippin' too much mild wine.

IT AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN!!!

Now North Korea.... I ain't got that un worked out yet.

... either that or slip ... (Below threshold)
Laura:

... either that or slip Israel's leash and let them annex the Golan and give a quick punch to Syria.

I agree, but I'm pretty sure Israel annexed the Golan Heights back in '81. After having bombs lobbed on them constantly from the Golan, Israel was certain they would never give that land back.

The EU-3 are gutless coward... (Below threshold)

The EU-3 are gutless cowards. Iran knows they won't do anything.

Whether the US or Israel ha... (Below threshold)
Eneils Bailey:

Whether the US or Israel has to ultimately take out Iran's Nuclear capabilities does not really matter. Both countries will be blamed if this happens. I think we should employ diplomacy in dealing with this situation. My form of diplomacy spans the spectrum from "kissing ass" to "kicking ass." I think Bush, by his statement has let them know that yes we can start talking about this at a reasonable level, but you have to understand that you will not have nuclear capabilities. Why can't you have nuclear capabilities? Because we are bigger, more powerful, it is in the best interest of our country,and we simply don't want you to have it. Guess I am a simple-minded person, but the equation is, US security=no nukes in the hands of Arab terrorists.

Eneils: My form of dipl... (Below threshold)

Eneils: My form of diplomacy spans the spectrum from "kissing ass" to "kicking ass."

Precicely! Diplomacy does nothing without either a sale(Collaborative diplomacy) or a threat(Adversarial diplomacy). We have nothing the Mullas want to buy (or that we are willing to sell), so the only thing left is the threat. Adversarial diplomacy will only work if the threat is credible, so taking millitary action off the table leaves you with nothing to negotiate with.

Unfortunately, the EUnichs have been involved in collaborative diplomacy for so long that they have forgotten (or want to forget) that it doesn't apply to all situations.

Maybe that's why the Europe... (Below threshold)

Maybe that's why the European-led talks with Iran have not led to a solution. The Iranians figured out that there was no threat from the Germans and French, only cajoling, pleading and begging. They also figured we were tied up in Iraq, so what the hey?

It all goes to show you, you can't send boys to do a man's job.

Dammit Gerhard, you're star... (Below threshold)
capitano:

Dammit Gerhard, you're starting to sound like Jimmy Carter!

Send Iran two pictures. One... (Below threshold)
scrapiron:

Send Iran two pictures. One dated Japan 1945 and a duplicate dated Iran 2006. No need to explain what pictures to use.

I've never seen Jimm... (Below threshold)
macofromoc:


I've never seen Jimmuh C. and Gerhard in the same room at the same time either... hmmmm justa thought..

Who cares what any Euroween... (Below threshold)
penny:

Who cares what any Euroweenie thinks/utters anymore? Like these European cretins have made major positive contributions to humanity in the last 100 years.

Damn right all options should be on the table. What idiot nation wouldn't send that message to its homicidal adversaries. Just because the spineless leftists of Schroeder's and Chirac's ilk surrendered to Islamofascists, as their fathers before them, doesn't mean we have to. Face it, they have surrendered to anything and everything that history has thrown them as losers are programed to do.

Israel hasn't survived 60 years of all-engulfing Islamic hatred playing Mr Nice Guy. Bless them, they've used all options they saw fit over time. They will nuke too if up against a wall.

If this era's Islamic fascist gutblowers threaten nuclear annihilation upon my children then it ought to be what's going to fry their ass in return if you even get as close as an inch of my kids.

Bless you, Dubya, for having a spine in a spineless world.

Yes. We need to invade Iran... (Below threshold)
Jim Smith:

Yes. We need to invade Iran. History shows us that invasions of countries the size of Iran and that have 70 million people are always successful, particularly when conducted by countries halfway around the world. Besides, Iran is the second largest OPEC oil producer and has 10 percent of the world's proven oil reserves, so the invasion will be self-financing.


I take it you guys are all on your way down to enlist?




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