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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