Friday, February 24, 2012
There are two points of view in the debate about Iran and its nuclear weapon program. One view is expressed by the President and his supporters. Military force (i.e., "bomb Iran") won't work. We have to try economic force (i.e., sanctions). The other view is expressed by many Republicans. Economic force (sanctions) hasn't worked. It fact it won't work. We must bomb Iran's uranium enrichment facilities and take other military means to prevent its nuclear program from proceeding.
Nobody is talking about a third option: do nothing. The argument in favor of this approach is that the Iranians are almost certainly determined to build their own atomic bomb. Nothing we can do will stop them. We must consider a future with Iran having a nuclear capability with two possible conditions: A. It has been attacked militarily or economically by the United States; B. The United States has not attacked it. Which Iran would we rather live with, A or B? I think the obvious answer is B.
I will do what I can to dodge the stones.