Originally Posted by jjl
Come on Jim. Chamberlain eat your heart out. Perhaps if we let him annex the Sudetenland (southern Iraq) he will leave us alone? 'Please don't hurt us'.
I find it hard to believe anyone thinks we just got our n's mixed up with our q's, and Ahmandinejad's letter to Bush cleared that all up. Now that we have that straight, we should go ahead and attack Iran.
We have zero credibility in our assessments of threats from the Middle East outside the White House right now, and anything that gets started in Iran will have serious international repercussions for some time to come. If we don't want to end up on the outs with everyone else in the world, we had better invest the effort to understand and characterize this threat to a "t" before we go off alone again. Mooning Ahmadinejad in response to overtures, no matter how silly or kooky or crazy you think they might be, helps Ahmadinejad's case on the world stage, not ours. We are very predictable - we dictate and go batshit when those we dictate to don't cower and comply. We, for some reason, think we know best for everyone, and they had better not question us, or else....
Do that predictably for a while and you become the world's asshole, the imperialist tyrant, and whatever you might really be gets lost in the daily news of the shithole in Iraq, for example.
I would ask the same questions again - what is the urgency to use force? When was the last time we tried anything else in earnest? Right. Jim