The junior Senator from Arkansas is at it again. The other day, he claimed that we don’t have to go to war with Iran, we simply have to drop a few bombs on Iran. He seems to think that if the U.S. decides to bomb another country, that isn’t war. That is a remarkably stupid thing to say.
According to Cotton:
Even if military action were required – and we certainly should have kept the credible threat of military force on the table, it always improves diplomacy – the president is trying to make you think it would be 150,000 heavy mechanized troops on the ground in the Middle East again as we saw in Iraq. That’s simply not the case.
It would be something more along the lines of what President Clinton did in December 1998 during Operation Desert Fox. Several days of air and naval bombing against Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction facilities for exactly the same kind of behavior, for interfering with weapons inspectors and for disobeying Security Council resolutions. All we’re asking is that the president simply be as tough in the protection of America’s national security interests as Bill Clinton was.
There is a major difference between what Bill Clinton did and what we are talking about right now. Bill Clinton had military forces in the area because the Kuwaiti War made sure we kept troops in the area. Then there is the fact that we told the Iraqis that they would face more military involvement if they did not comply with the treaty signed. It included a “no fly” zone in southern Iraq.
But, in Iran, we have no real reason to bomb them. We have not fought a way with Iran. We have no legal standing to “drop a few bombs” on Iran. And, as we already know from Bill Clinton’s bombings, they didn’t achieve anything.
The right-wing isn’t interested in bombing Iran’s nuclear facilities. They are interested in a “regime change” in Iran. They want to overthrow the current government. We did that once in Iran back in the 1950s. The CIA masterminded a plot to overthrow the democratically elected government of Iran because the right-wing thought it was leaning too much towards the Soviet Union than to us.
After the government was overthrown, the Shah was placed back on the throne by Eisenhower’s administration. That set up a right-wing dictatorship that terrorized its own people. As all dictatorships do. The result was the eventual overthrow of the Shah of Iran. How well did that work out? Why not ask one of the couple of hundred embassy workers who were taken hostage for over a year.
We already know that at least some of Iran’s nuclear program is underground. It would be very hard to destroy those facilities. Additionally, if we begin to bomb Iran, it will only result in Iran being more stealthy in their pursuit for a nuclear weapon. If what they are currently saying is true that they are only interested in peaceful nuclear energy, bombing them will certainly make them want a bomb.
Once that happens, how do we know what activities they are involved in, and how do we stop it? We have to invade just like we did in Iraq. I guess then Cotton will say we will really be at war. It doesn’t take ground troops to be at war. When you start bombing a sovereign nation, you are committing an act of war.
The other real danger in Cotton’s use of bombing is where does it end? If America bombs Iran, what will their response be? Will they bomb Israel? Will they bomb Saudi Arabia? Iran’s military is quite formidable. They are within reach of many countries in the Mideast. If they are bombed, what is stopping them from doing the same thing to someone else?
If they do bomb another country, like Israel, that would mean war across the board. What will stop Russia and China from backing Iran? If they do, would Russia invade the Ukraine? Would Russia invade western Europe? Would China invade Japan? What about North Korea? We know they have nuclear weapons, will they turn them on South Korea once we are engaged elsewhere?
The “Letter to Iran” that Tom Cotton authored and was signed by 47 Republican senators was bad enough. But his comment about bombing Iran has rightly taken him out of the right to take part in any discussion on the Iran deal or anything else for that mater. Being so reckless as to not consider the reactions of others in this matter, which could lead to another global war, is so irresponsible that he needs to be censored.
The deal being worked on may still fall apart. It may become necessary for other drastic measures. But, unfortunately, there are too many other idiots in Congress who think the same way as Cotton. They are actively trying to sabotage the deal before it is even struck. That says more about their willingness to go to war than their claim to be defending our national security.
Sorry, but these are very dangerous times, and too many of our elected officials are actually fanning the flames of war. For the sake of our children, and the world, let us hope that calmer heads prevail.