Can we afford another Mideast war?

assault-weapon-rifleAn article by Tom Vanden Brook, which appeared in USA TODAY on August 24, discusses a possible attack on Iran to destroy nuclear facilities. The article quotes expert opinion that such an attack might set Iran’s nuclear bomb project back two years if it has one.

“A strike would try to reduce as much of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure as possible, recognizing it wouldn’t be perfect or permanently eliminate it,” said Michael O’Hanlon, a senior fellow and military expert at the Brookings Institution.

An air war such as that, with as many as 1,000 aircraft sorties over several days to a week, would likely destroy power plants and other infrastructure associated with Iran’s nuclear facilities, O’Hanlon said. He estimates that would set back Iran’s nuclear program, which it maintains are for peaceful purposes, from one to five years.

The confident prediction of less than one week of war reflects the foolish optimism of Donald Rumsfeld prior to the Second Iraq war. The lack of consideration of possible resistance, the lack of an exit strategy, prolonged that effort to this day leading not to success but disaster. Tom Vanden Brook’s article doesn’t mention an exit strategy in connection with Iran war plans, nor does it meaningfully consider what Iran might do to turn this war into another quagmire. We seem poised to repeat previous mistakes.

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4 Responses to Can we afford another Mideast war?

  1. Deb Meeker says:

    “He (Mr. Vanden Brook) estimates that would set back Iran’s nuclear program, which it maintains are for peaceful purposes, from one to five years.”
    How far back would pre-emptively attacking Iran set back the United States’ economy, growth, and world status?

    Empires always eventually overstep, then crumble under the weight of their leader’s blind hubris coupled with their population’s appetite for bread and circus.
    There is no shortage of “manna” from the corporately owned media, while there is an abundance of ignorant hubris in the GOP Big Top.

    The US certainly cannot afford to attack, nor support the attack, of Iran by another country. Congressional members, for whatever reasons do not appear to be heeding the clear call for peace from US citizens – let alone from countries all around the world who agree that the
    Iran Nuclear deal is the best chance for peace with Iran.

    It’s close to the Fall football season. Will the American people’s apathy allow another Bush league season? Will Charlie Brown (We the People) – once again – allow the pulling away of the promised football held by Lucy (Congress), only to land flat on our backs – screaming “ARRRGH”?


  2. BOB McGILL says:

    GEE, in the past war has been good for the US economy, besides the Middle East has declared war on us.


  3. whungerford says:

    Tom stoops low even for him to exploit the Iran controversy for political gain. In a fundraising letter he writes:
    President Obama and Nancy Pelosi are working together to push this legislation through Congress. They know that if this legislation is stopped that it will be another blemish on Obama and his legacy as President of the United States. If he has his way and gets this bill through Congress, he’ll win, and the American people will lose.


  4. Deb Meeker says:

    Yes, there’s Tom Reed’s version of Lucy – promising much, while ripping defeat from the jaws of success.

    One has to wonder what Reed refers to when he says “another blemish on Obama”? Reed must think millions more Americans getting health care because of the ACA a failure? Since when would successful diplomacy that achieves less nuclear proliferation and creaties neutral relations with enemies become a bad presidential legacy, or a ‘loss’ for the American people?


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