Thursday, June 12, 2008

U.S. Policy toward Iran

There has been a lot of discussion lately about what our policy toward Iran ought to be. What will we do if Iran gets nuclear weapons? Should we have talks with them? Under what conditions?

Well, I'm going to play president for a minute and put forth how I think we should deal with this situation. First, we make it absolutely clear that Iran will NOT have nuclear weapons. It's not a matter of whether or not they have a right to have nuclear weapons. It's more like not allowing your 5 year old to play with lighters. Given the rhetoric out of Iran and their support for terrorist organizations, we simply will not allow them to have such weapons at their disposal.

What do we do if they don't listen? We destroy their weapons if and when they have them as well as their capability to produce them. Do we invade? No. Unlike Iraq, we do not have reports of systematic torture and killing of the civilian population by the government. They may be oppressive, but we don't have rape rooms, torture chambers and entire villages being gassed. The people of Iraq have the capacity to change the regime if they so choose. In the meantime, we will strike targets within Iran that we deem a threat. If they rebuild, we destroy them again.

Any talks on the matter would be Iran trying to assure us that they have ceased progress toward developing nuclear weapons and will not resume the program. The precondition for such talks is the understanding that there are no conditions under which we will allow Iran to obtain nukes.

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