I just heard on the news this AM that bombers have just been refitted with MOABs, in light of President Bush's new sanctions against Iran. President Bush told the Europeans that they can trade with the USA or Iran, but not both.
[i]The barely reported highlight of Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Tehran for the Caspian Sea summit last week was a key face-to-face meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
A high-level diplomatic source in Tehran tells Asia Times Online that essentially Putin and the Supreme Leader have agreed on a plan to nullify the George W Bush administration's relentless drive towards launching a preemptive attack, perhaps a tactical nuclear strike, against Iran. An American attack on Iran will be viewed by Moscow as an attack on Russia. [/i]
That is an interesting read. It starts with the implication that Russia has formed an alliance with Iran, but appears to end with the population turning against current leadership, and the Ayatola not very supportive of the current leadership.
Interestingly enough, there are no actual quotes that can be attributed to Iranian officials, just reports from "Hawkish" sources.
I'd say that the last thing international relationships need are implications and reports from hawkish sources that amount to political gossip. Especialy when the subject is nuclear war.
Does Iran have the right to defend itself? You know, Second Amendment and all? Why do other nations think they have the right to tell other nations what kind of weapons they can or cannot have? Where does this right come from? Do you not think that Israel, Pakistan, India, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, et al, can keep an eye on Iran themselves? It is "more" their concern than it is ours.
The US does not attack nuclear powers. If Iran had the bomb, the country would therefore not be invaded by American troops and turned into the-other-Iraq. In case you didn't notice, war is not stability. What did invading Iraq bring besides hanging Saddam? Terrorist cells in the country, Saudi backed death squads, Al-Mahmudiyah massacre, oppressed women, etc. Heck, Turkey is on the verge of declaring war on Kurdistan. These are all direct consequences of your invasion.
Stability doesn't mean what you think it does. Your example is just moronic.
We have the "right" to tell them that they cannot have a nuke because they have openly said that they will use it when they get it. I'm hard core pro 2A, but if I were to go to a gun store and tell the guy at the desk that as soon as he gives me that gun I'm going home to kill someone I would expect to be refused service.
I agree. I don't think we should attack Iran because they are threatening to attack Israel. We don't need to fight their fights for them. Frankly, the Israeli's have made every Arab state there their bitch since '47 so I am supremely confident in Israel's ability to kick ass. There is a difference in fighting alongside allies when attacked, which I absolutely believe in and starting a war to protect Israel, which is certainly not okay.
My beef with Paul on this (and remember I'm still voting for him, though that vote is hanging on a thread these days) is that he's talking about not allowing us the capability to wage war to our fullest. This B2 retrofit isn't about Iran to me, it's about our ability to maintain military superiority.
And that gives you a raging hard-on doesn't it, you chickenhawk douchebag?
"WHOO-HOO, let's go attack them eeranyan fuckers boys! Y'all go on ahead now, I gotch 'er back. I'd go too, but you know ...cough..cough, I got the wheez, and well golly, I wish I could go, but...cough..."
Got a new crop of younguns to sign up this year? Got em all rarin' to go yet? And you get to sit home and spank to the bomb-sight videos again. Life's good for you.
No, but that's the official position of Tehran. So unless you have proof that they are lying, I'll consider an attack on Iran gratuitous aggression. Interestingly, the findings of the IAEA itself seem to corroborate the Iranian position. Take a peek at their report from the 30th of August.