Take No Prisoners

Prelude to an Attack on Iran… yeah, right

On Saturday, Time ran a story claiming that “the Bush Administration will put Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on the terrorism list.” Supposedly, this “can be read in one of two ways: it’s either more bluster or, ominously, a wind-up for a strike on Iran.”

Yes, the war on Iraq is just going so well that it’s time to start a new war, with someone who can actually fight back this time. This is such bullshit. Washington can’t just decide to go after Iran without first finding the necessary resources. I don’t know how it looks to everyone else, but it seems to me that the US military is in no position to get into another war right now… unless Bush institutes the draft.

What bugs me most about this article is that it concludes with a quote from an Administration official: “…There will be an attack on Iran.” This leaves the reader with an unrealistic impression that it’s a simple matter of ordering an attack and then BOOM, no more nuclear facilities in Iran. This is absurd. Where’s the analysis of the US military’s ability to manage another conflict? And they say blogs aren’t real news…

While I’m on the topic, why exactly does everyone think Iran wants nukes? To fire them at the US? That’s ridiculous. The reprisal would wipe Iran off the map. Iran wants nukes for the same reason any anti-western country would: to ward off US military action. If Iran has nuclear weapons with even a remote capability of hitting western targets, nobody is going to go bombing them or rolling in on tanks. Iran just wants protection from the most unpredictable, dangerous nation in the world. You know, the one between Mexico and Canada?

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