Posted August 19, 2015on:
The people to whom I’ve always been most attracted are the folks who understand, “To learn is to change.” Five words representing a lifelong personal evolution through the constant accumulation of knowledge. That understanding engenders a comfort in one’s own skin. It breeds an abhorrence of expediency – political and otherwise. It is the opposite of fear.
Well my friends, I’m disgusted and I mean miles beyond being a little put out. I’m talking full-blown, no holes barred, bile encrusted D.I.S.G.U.S.T.! The genesis of this disgust is the unmitigated revulsion I feel toward the porcine anal seepage passing for our political leadership over the Iranian nuclear containment agreement.
Here’s the way my simple mind processes this issue. There are only four possible avenues with which to approach the Iranian issue:
- Let Iran have a nuclear weapon with a breakout period as soon as two months from now.
- Implement the Iranian containment agreement negotiated by the P5 + 1 and ratified by the U.N. Security Council by an unheard of vote 15 – 0.
- Attempt to strategically take out the Iranian nuclear facilities for a couple of years by bombing.
- Invade and occupy Iran indefinitely.
Those are the four scenarios. Nothing more. The lip service of going back to the negotiation table after reimplementation of sanctions is nonsensical political pandering. The defensive excuse of “objections of conscience” is meaningless unless the personal motivation is one of war based upon a commitment of intervention in some fashion. This is the overwhelming expectation of the Arab world and quite frankly, it is an expectation that is deserved based upon our blind adventurism since 9/11.
Russia and China are straining at the reins to do business with Iran. The billions in Iranian money will be released no matter what happens with this agreement. Without the agreement, the breakout time for a nuclear device will be measured in months, not years.
With this non-proliferation agreement, a nuclear Iran is ten to fifteen years in the future with limitless possibilities for disarmament, regime change, or military intervention.
While the Republican Party is virtually unanimous in its weak-mindedness regarding the Iran deal, Democrats do not get a pass. There are more than a few who have tested the political winds and decided to shirk both responsibility and reality. Most notable of these is Sen. Chuck Schumer, who also just happened to vote for the Iraq War in 2003.
It is curious how the Iranian deal is playing out in public with Netanyahu prancing to the “well of the House” to spread Republican sanctioned misinformation in order to influence American foreign policy. Here’s my theory:
The run up to the Iraq War was played out in the secretive confines of the Bush Oval Office. It was the perfect storm of war where the interests of the Israeli lobby and the Saudi royal family converged. There are stories after stories of the influence the Israelis and the Saudis brought to bear as we blindly rushed into a decade of war.
There is a 2004 piece by Thomas Friedman explaining the Israeli political universe surrounding the Iraq War. There is a long recounting of Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia who was known as “Bandar Bush” for his unfettered access to the Oval Office. There is even mention of the Saudi Arabian and Israeli appetites for war in the 9/11 Report. There is an incredible story of Prince Bandar strewing the D.C. landscape with gifts like a vintage Jaguar for Colin Powell’s wife. These stories barely scratch the surface.
Yesterday Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey declared his opposition to the Iran agreement. Menendez, under indictment for corruption, enjoys a legal defense funded in large measure by anti-agreement, Israeli interests. This morning on the Joe Scarborough conservative twerking hour, Menendez talked in circles saying he could be convinced to vote for the agreement with some changes which just goes to prove “you can’t buy politicians, you can only rent them”.
The Republican opposition is to be expected since they haven’t seen fit to agree on which way from up since Obama’s election, but the Democratic cowardice is disturbing. Most alarming is this: National security and the interests of the U.S. are now insufficient concerns to overcome petty political considerations.
Why this is so anger-making for me is that we have a choice as a country. It is a choice between war and peace prior to sacrificing the lives of young men and women to placate the whims of aging paranoids driven by motivations of fear. Contrary to the Iraq War, there is no pretense of lies or faulty intelligence reports. We know the stakes. We know the weight of the choices.
When it came to economic policy, the Republican bloc said no even though it meant increased suffering in America. When it came to jobs, the Republican bloc said no even though it meant prolonged unemployment. When it came to health care, the Republican bloc said no even though it meant more Americans would be sicker and more people would die.
With the specter of yet another war necessitating an occupation of Iran, a much stronger country than Iraq, the Republican bloc and more than a few Democrats are willing to acquiesce in the death and loss of treasure it entails.
For me, here’s what is blindly ignorant: Of the four logical options mentioned above, none of them eliminate any of the military options currently on the table and favored by the neocons.
Let’s review that again for emphasis: Allowing the Iran deal to proceed doesn’t mean we can’t bomb, we can’t invade, or we can’t declare war in the future. Every military option or economic sanction is still available if we give the Iranian agreement a chance to work. The only potential albatross for the neocons is that the Iranian deal might just work and thwart the eventual need for war.
This call for rejection of the Iran deal is being made by the very same people who have not been right about any aspect of U.S. foreign policy in the last fifteen years. It is these same people who are again war hungry – neither will they ever learn nor will they ever change. Their inability to learn or change is the epitome of fear, expediency, and a total lack of morality.
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