An article in the Jerusalem Post states that U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Connecticut) is calling for the United States to attack Iran immediately. According to the Post, in an interview with CBS, Lieberman said that "Military action will accomplish two goals: The destruction of Iran's nuclear plans and an end to terror attacks against US soldiers in Iraq."
The honorable gentleman from Connecticut proves that anyone can turn a blind eye on anything, given sufficient motivation. At a time when public opinion here and abroad is overwhelmingly against the war, Lieberman is arguing for expanding that war. He overlooks the simplest of facts: If there were no U.S. soldiers in Iraq, the Iranians would have no U.S. soldiers to kill.
Lieberman believes that expanding the war in the Middle East will keep the conflict off U.S. soil. There is no evidence that this is true; furthermore, antagonizing Arab countries is what got us into the quagmire of Iraq in the first place. Invading another sovereign country will not suddenly make them decide that they would rather be our friends than our enemies.
As long as we send U.S. soldiers to the Middle East, the people who don't want us there will continue to send them back to us in boxes. Lieberman's urgings for expansion of an unpopular war, even when supported by his "facts" about Iran, verge on criminally irresponsible.
Might does not make right. From the point of view of the Iraqis, the people engaging our soldiers are attempting to repel the invasion of a foreign agressor. The U.S. needs to pack up its marbles and come home.
Monday, June 11, 2007
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