Who's Planning Our Next War?

Discussion in 'Politics' started by KenH, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. KenH

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    "Ehud Olmert came home from a June meeting with Bush to tell Israelis: "We reached agreement on the need to take care of the Iranian threat. ... I left with a lot less question marks regarding the means, the timetable restrictions and American resoluteness. ...

    "George Bush understands the severity of the Iranian threat and the need to vanquish it, and intends to act on the matter before the end of his term. ... The Iranian problem requires urgent attention, and I see no reason to delay this just because there will be a new president in the White House seven and a half months from now."

    If Bush is discussing war on Iran with Ehud Olmert, why is he not discussing it with Congress or the nation?

    On June 6, Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz threatened, "If Iran continues its nuclear weapons program, we will attack it." The price of oil shot up 9 percent.

    Is Israel bluffing -- or planning to attack Iran if America balks?

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    And who can predict with certitude how Iran would respond?

    Would Iran attack Israel with rockets, inviting retaliation with Jericho and cruise missiles from Israeli submarines? Would she close the Gulf with suicide-boat attacks on tankers and U.S. warships?

    With oil at $135 a barrel, Israeli air strikes on Iran would seem to ensure a 2,000-point drop in the Dow and a world recession.

    What would Hamas, Hezbollah and Syria do? All three are now in indirect negotiations with Israel. U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq could be made by Iran to pay a high price in blood that could force the United States to initiate its own air war in retaliation, and to finish a war Israel had begun. But a U.S. war on Iran is not a decision Bush can outsource to Ehud Olmert.

    Tuesday, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Adm. Michael Mullins left for Israel. CBS News cited U.S. officials as conceding the trip comes "just as the Israelis are mounting a full court press to get the Bush administration to strike Iran's nuclear complex."

    Vice President Cheney is said to favor U.S. strikes. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Mullins are said to be opposed."

    - rest at www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/06/whos_planning_our_next_war.html
     
  2. abcgrad94

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    Iran is practically begging us for war, what with their leader being so anti-Israel and anti-US. If Bush did declare war on Iran, would it delay the November elections for a new POTUS? Might be a good strategy not to get Obama elected.:laugh:

    Seriously, I don't see the US starting a war on Iran between now and November. Our troops are pretty busy elsewhere at the moment and it would be risky to stretch them out further.
     
  3. Revmitchell

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    The President cannot declare war.
     
  4. JustChristian

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    Who declared the war in Viet Nam?
     
  5. LadyEagle

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    I predict if Obama wins in November, we will be at war with Iran before the inauguration in January. So Obama can say, "What a fine mess you left me in, Ollie." :laugh:
     
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    No one.

    Just like in Iraq.

    But Congress authorized both actions.
     

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