Lindsey Graham has a hard-on for blowing the shit out of Iran to keep them from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
It’s not surprising that he would say this. He is a Republican after all, (and this is something they have been playing with for a while) and they did just take back the House of Representatives, and it is true that a nuclear armed Iran is a scary thought, but starting another military action is not the answer. The U.S. doesn’t have the resources, the stamina, or the will to get involved in another war, even if it is strictly a war where we attack from the air. And to his comment where “He says they should neuter the regime, destroy its ability to fight back and hope Iranians will take a chance to take back their government,” isn’t that very similar to the philosophy we heard about the Iraq war? And how did that turn out? Not so well.
Yes it’s true that if the people of Iran rose up and toppled their crackpot leader, the government leadership that replaced him would probably be less batshit insane (but that’s a no-brainer, like saying fresh milk tastes better than rotten milk), but there is no guarantee of that. Plus, an attack on Iran, aside from depleting our resources even more than they already are, would only encourage anti-American resentment and portray us as even more of an Imperialistic state in the world arena than we already are. Nuclear weapons should be kept out of the hands of crazy assholes (i.e. EVERYBODY because we are all crazy assholes at times), but it is not the end of the world if some crazy asshole gets one. If you need proof, just look at North Korea. They have nuclear weapon technology and the world hasn’t ended yet.
One argument about why we should worry if Iran gets a nuclear weapon is that they could then give it to al-Qaeda or another one of the U.S.’s enemies so that they could use it against us. Yes, this is something to worry about. The threat of nuclear destruction is real (it has happened twice in the world, and both times the United States perpetuated said destruction), but any state found to have given a terrorist organization a nuclear weapon would surely feel itself facing off against the rest of the world. No one wants to see a nuclear bomb go off, even, I’d be willing to wager, terrorists–no matter what they say.
What is also distressing is that President Obama has said that “all options are on the table” concerning Iran, which means that he is at least open to the possibility attacking Iran, which would be a terrible idea for several reasons.
Please, members of Congress and President Obama, learn from your mistakes concerning Iraq and Afghanistan and leave Iran alone. How many more young Americans have to die in war before we realize that while it is not good for a state like Iran (or really any state for that matter) to have nuclear weapons, it is not, as Graham and others like him would have us believe, the end of the world. Nor will it even lead to it.
LEAVE IRAN ALONE, please.