President Bone Spur, backed by his warmongering Secretary of State Mike “Armageddon” Pompeo, tweeted yesterday that the U.S. military is “locked and loaded,” ready to attack (bomb) Iran if it can be proven that Iran was behind a drone bomb attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil refineries.
There are plenty of news media in the U.S. that are seconding that notion of reflexively starting a hot war with Iran if it can be shown that Iran and not
But hold on. Is anyone asking why the U.S. has to do
Furthermore, the U.S. has no mutual assistance treaty with Saudi Arabia — no obligation to defend the autocratic Islamic kingdom or even to come to its aid. True, the U.S. sells a lot of weapons and weapons systems to the Saudis, including for its brutal and genocidal war on its impoverished neighbor to the south, Yemen, whose
With no treaty obligations to meet, no “honor” to defend, not even any economic reason to retaliate against Iran, and moreover, with no real proof that Iran did anything more than the U.S. has been doing — that is to say supply weapons to one of the antagonists in the conflict — it is absurd for the U.S. to be readying its military to launch a war against Iran over an issue like this.
Looked at objectively, even if Iran were proven to have been behind the
The answer to this increasingly dangerous mess in the Persian Gulf then is clearly not for the U.S. to “lock, load” and then attack Iran, but to stop providing bombs, anti-personnel weapons, and guidance and intelligence to help Saudi forces attack Yemen, and to negotiate with Iran to reach an agreement with that nation on all the issues in dispute between Washington and Tehran.
President Bone Spur has said all the way back to his days campaigning for the White House that he wants U.S. troops out of the Middle East. Three years into his troubled and chaotic presidency, he has so far done nothing to achieve that, with U.S. troops still lodged in Syria and Iraq, still messing around in Yemen, and even upping the ante with increased bombings and military personnel — both uniformed and private contractors — in Afghanistan. Now, even after sacking his bellicose National Security Advisor John Bolton, he is talking as if he wants to launch a new U.S. war in the region — this time against Iran.
This is not just madness. It is criminal insanity. The U.S. certainly has the power to inflict massive damage on Iran, but not to defeat that country, nor would a U.S. war against Iran achieve Washington’s stated goal of “regime change” in this proud country. Indeed, attacking Iran would inevitably have the effect of rallying all Iranians around their government, unpopular as it is among many Iranians. The only beneficiaries of a U.S. war with Iran would be the hard-liners in Iran and the arms industry in the U.S.
Even Bone Spur himself would be injured, since with nearly 20 months to go until the next presidential election, there would be plenty of time for a war with Iraq to go predictably sour for U.S. forces. America’s military has a proven 75-year track record of not winning any wars. It’s a record that is likely to be extended significantly if the U.S. goes to war with Iran.
Hopefully, this latest threat by our draft-dodging chicken-hawk president is just another case of his blustering “negotiating style,” as he often puts it — an effort to get his target to cave and give in to his demands. The problem is, Iran is not like one of those small independent contractors real estate tycoon Trump was so fond of stiffing when it came time to pay the bill for work done. It’s an ancient, proud country with its own list of needs and a history of 20th-Century humiliation by countries like Britain and the U.S. and its leaders are determined not to allow that humiliation to be repeated in this new century.
It’s time for the president to initiate negotiations with Iran, or to call for a regional peace parley in the Persian Gulf region, not to march off to yet another disastrous war there again.
It’s time for Trump to earn his “spurs” this time, as president, instead of just relying on them for getting other people do his fighting for him as he did in the case of the Vietnam War.