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December 08, 2005

Decision Time on Iran

John Noonan at the Officers Club thinks that decision hour is approaching for the US and Israel regarding military options for preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons. I fear he may be right.

Protecting us (and the world) from religious extremists with nuclear weapons was one of the reasons I voted for Bush last year. (It's hard to believe the election was only a year ago!) Anyway, taking military action against Iran is a nightmare decision and will be sure to provoke a firestorm of domestic and international criticism. But it is also the right thing to do.

December 8, 2005 at 05:19 AM | Permalink


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If by military action you mean precise surgical air strikes against fixed (or if necessary) mobile targets directly involved in nuclear weapons production then I think most Americans would support. The backlash would be intense, but would probably have its most visible expression in an increase of violence in Iraq from Iranian theocratic sympathizers. Something that could change the power equation there in unpredictable ways.

Posted by: Tucker | Dec 8, 2005 2:06:25 PM

I agree completely. I wish there were some other way to do it, but I don't think there is.

My biggest fear is for civilian casualties in Iran, including possibly from a release of radioactive material. I believe that many of these facilities are located within populated areas.

Posted by: Spart | Dec 8, 2005 2:38:09 PM

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