Senator Lindsey Graham spoke the same fearmonger/warmonger propaganda recently, urging President Obama to strike Iran and cripple “their ability to wage war.” He even said that we are probably past that point. This speech of stopping their ability to “wage war” sounds a lot like the rhetoric that we’ve heard from then-President George W. Bush, when he urged the American people to support his backtrack of foreign policy and used the same excuse.
“Instead of a surgical strike on their nuclear infrastructure, I think we’re to the point now that you have to really neuter the regime’s ability to wage war against us and our allies. And that’s a different military scenario. It’s not a ground invasion but it certainly destroys the ability of the regime to strike back.”
As far as I know, Iran hasn’t lobbed one weapon towards the continental United States or Iraq, or Afghanistan. It’s not a “ground invasion”, but an invasion just the same. And for the President to order such an attack without a Declaration of War from Congress is illegal.
Speaking on terms of retaliation on Iran’s part, Graham said:
“You can expect that,” he said. “You can expect, for a period of time, all hell to break loose. You must have to almost plan for that. And weigh that against the idea of a nuclear-armed Iran and what that means to the future of the world.”
Well, it’s finally time that someone admittted the obvious.
Graham said the current sanctions on Iran are not “crippling”. Now by what he means by “crippling”, he didn’t elaborate, and, furthermore, I don’t think that even he knows. Sanctions are an act of war and aggression, and they don’t work. Before WWII, sanctions created Hitler. During the ’90s, sanctions killed more that 500,000 people in Iraq.
Iran has said that if we attack (and they have a right to) they will retaliate on our forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, and most certainly Israel. War begetts more war and brings no resemblance of peace.
Our current state in the Middle East is precarious at best. Iraq and Afghanistan are complete failures, and we are told that bin Laden is in Pakistan; adding more fuel to the military industrial complex’s war machine. In an attempt to “fight terrorism” the United States government is trying to buy Pakistan’s alliegance, which by most reports, isn’t working.
Broadening our war machine to Iran will invigorate al-Qaeda and we will be fighting a well-armed military. Blood will be shed for a conflict that has no end in sight. By the end, the American people will be asking the most obvious of questions, “why did we do this for?” But this may come at a time when it is too late for the United States to realize the fact.