Originally Posted by JimSmith
So what? Did we jump on Iraq with our little toe? I don't think we are that scary anymore - and I don't think we have the military might to sustain the Iraq occupation while initiating another, likely similar, elective invasion of Iran. Seems like a really bad idea to me. We need to get on the ball and work smarter. Jim
For one thing, I don't think Iraq ever directly threatened Israel, that not why we are there. However, Iran's president has made a lot of defamatory comments about Jews and Israel. Iran is enriching uranium, or at least trying to, with the probable and eventual production, of weapons-grade Plutonium. Israel has nuclear weapons, and certainly the capability of destroying the Iranian installations (using their nukes, or otherwise). All I meant to convey, is that we will
go to bat for Israel, if they feel threatened by Iran.
I have been opposed the the Iraqi invasion since Day 1, but I disagree that we don't have the military might to sustain 2 simultaneous engagements in the Middle East. We do
have a few friends among the world's nations, but not very many.
Like you wrote "We need to get on the ball and work smarter", I certainly agree. But in my mind, that means the deployment of more smart weapons, and a lesser dependence on our ground forces. I'm not advocating nuclear weapons against either nation, because that could easily spell out WW3.