Skip to comments.Is Iran in Our Gun Sights Now?
Posted on 07/21/2017 4:21:41 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
"Iran must be free. The dictatorship must be destroyed. Containment is appeasement and appeasement is surrender."
Thus does our Churchill, Newt Gingrich, dismiss, in dealing with Iran, the policy of containment crafted by George Kennan and pursued by nine U.S. presidents to bloodless victory in the Cold War.
Why is containment surrender? "Because freedom is threatened everywhere so long as this dictatorship stays in power," says Gingrich.
But how is our freedom threatened by a regime with 3 percent of our GDP that has been around since Jimmy Carter was president?
Fortunately, Gingrich has found a leader to bring down the Iranian regime and ensure the freedom of mankind. "In our country that was George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette. In Italy it was Garibaldi," says Gingrich.
Whom has he found to rival Washington and Garibaldi? Says Gingrich, "Maryam Rajavi."
Who is she? The leader of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, or Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, which opposed the Shah, broke with the old Ayatollah, collaborated with Saddam Hussein, and, until 2012, was designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. Department of State.
At the NCRI conference in Paris in July where Gingrich spoke, and the speaking fees were reportedly excellent, John Bolton and Rudy Giuliani were also on hand.
Calling Irans twice-elected President Hassan Rouhani, "a violent, vicious murderer," Giuliani said, "the time has come for regime change."
Bolton followed suit. "Tehran is not merely a nuclear weapons threat, it is not merely a terrorist threat, it is a conventional threat to everybody in the region," he said. Hence, "the declared policy of the United States of America should be the overthrow of the mullahs regime in Tehran."
We will all celebrate in Tehran in 2019, Bolton assured the NCRI faithful.
Good luck. Yet, as The New York Times said yesterday, all this talk, echoed all over this capital, is driving us straight toward war. "A drumbeat of provocative words, outright threats and actions from President Trump and some of his top aides as well as Sunni Arab leaders and American activists is raising tensions that could lead to armed conflict with Iran."
Is this what America wants or needs a new Mideast war against a country three times the size of Iraq?
After Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen, would America and the world be well-served by a war with Iran that could explode into a Sunni-Shiite religious war across the Middle East?
Bolton calls Iran "a nuclear weapons threat."
But in 2007, all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies declared with high confidence Iran had no nuclear weapons program. They stated this again in 2011. Under the nuclear deal, Iran exported almost all of its uranium, stopped enriching to 20 percent, shut down thousands of centrifuges, poured concrete into the core of its heavy water reactor, and allows U.N. inspectors to crawl all over every facility.
Is Iran, despite all this, operating a secret nuclear weapons program? Or is this War Party propaganda meant to drag us into another Mideast war?
To ascertain the truth, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee should call the heads of the CIA and DIA, and the Director of National Intelligence, to testify in open session.
We are told we are menaced also by a Shiite Crescent rising and stretching from Beirut to Damascus, Baghdad and Tehran.
And who created this Shiite Crescent?
It was George W. Bush who ordered the Sunni regime of Saddam overthrown, delivering Iraq to its Shiite majority. It was Israel whose invasion and occupation of Lebanon from 1982 to 2000 gave birth to the Shiite resistance now known as Hezbollah.
As for Bashar Assad in Syria, his father sent troops to fight alongside Americans in the Gulf War.
The Ayatollahs regime, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Basij militia are deeply hostile to this country. But Iran does not want war with the United States for the best of reasons. Iran would be smashed like Iraq, and its inevitable rise, as the largest and most advanced country on the Persian Gulf, would be aborted.
Moreover, we have interests in common: Peace in the Gulf, from which Irans oil flows and without which Iran cannot grow, as Rouhani intends, by deepening Irans ties to Europe and the advanced world.
And we have enemies in common: ISIS, al-Qaida and all the Sunni terrorists whose wildest dream is to see their American enemies fight their Shiite enemies.
Who else wants a U.S. war with Iran, besides ISIS?
Unfortunately, their number is legion: Saudis, Israelis, neocons and their think tanks, websites and magazines, hawks in both parties on Capitol Hill, democracy crusaders, and many in the Pentagon who want to deliver payback for what the Iranian-backed Shiite militias did to us in Iraq.
President Trump is key. If he does the War Partys bidding, that will be his legacy, as the Iraq War is the legacy of George W. Bush.
Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of Churchill, Hitler, and The Unnecessary War: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World. To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Web page at www.creators.com.
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Hopefully there is enough common sense left in Washington to avoid provoking a needless and disastrous war with Iran.
I like Buchanan, and it’s important that someone is sounding the alarm about the neocon desire to start even more wars.
But Buchanan is also the author of “Churchill, Hitler, and The Unnecessary War”. In that book Buchanan argues that France and Britain should not have declared war with Germany over Hitler’s invasion of Poland.
France and Britain should have let Hitler run free in Eastern Europe, Buchanan says. Keep Western Europe neutral and safe. Let Hitler destroy the East if he so wishes. No chance that Hitler later on would have turned west.
Hitler was not another Kaiser Wilhelm! Hitler, like Napoleon, wanted everything. Everything. Buchanan’s analysis of Hitler’s goals is so wrong it almost boggles the mind. And calls into question everything hebelieves.
I admit I have avoided that particular book. But there may be a point that had Chamberlain not guaranteed the whole of Eastern Europe in 1939 and maintained an aloofness in the East, Stalin would have been forced to fight in the anti-Hitler coalition two years earlier which would have been much to the benefit of all.
Regime change today would have incredible opposition.
Pat makes some good points in this article and I certainly do not advocate for a hot war with Iran but this statement is pure bovine excrement.
We owe them a punch in the nose for what happened in 79’. The lowest point in American history.
Buchanan definitely thinks outside the box. It’s like he doesn’t want us to define him. I was on to him when he ran for potus as the Reform Party candidate. Anybody remember his VP pick?
It can be argued that we gave them that punch in the noise when we provided support to Saddam Hussein’s attack on Iran. If we learned to work with Japan for mutual benefit after what they did to us in 1941, we certainly ought to be able to work with Iran when it is profitable.
The same 17 intelligence agencies that supposedly said Russians hacked the US election?
Yep...hard to believe that Pat could even bring himself to type that sentence!
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