As the battle heats up over whether or not to attack Iran, it’s amazing to hear from some of the same voices who thought up the Iraq war and claimed it would be a cakewalk.
Of course, I’m not the first person to recognize this amazing feature of American politics. Once you’re high enough, it doesn’t matter how bad you screw up, you can just get a job at some partisan think-tank, and magazines and newspapers will still publish what you have to say.
Anyway, those pushing for military action against Iran would do well to remember that such a strike could lead to a wider war and troops on the ground in Iran. How would Iranians react?
Well . . . how would you react?
Better yet, if all America’s companies were being hit with sanctions and our internet was under attack, what would we do?
It’s a good question: Gary Sick, a specialist on Iran at Columbia, said he believed
“It’s important to turn around and ask how the U.S. would feel if our revenue was being cut off, our scientists were being killed and we were under cyberattack.
"Would we give in, or would we double down? I think we’d fight back, and Iran will, too.”
So, if attacking Iran isn’t a good idea, and the current everything-but-overt-war strategy will not work in the long term, what is the solution to preventing an Iranian weapon? Should America even work to prevent it?
I’m open to hearing ideas, as long as they’re not from the same idiots