Monday, January 08, 2007

Democrats on Iran

Whatever the Democrats believe on Iraq, they are rather bellicose in their attitudes towards Iran. Prominent Democrats have stated that a nuclear Iran is unacceptable. Steny Hoyer told the Jerusalem Post so.
Iran with nuclear weapons is unacceptable, new House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told The Jerusalem Post hours after entering the party leadership position.

The Maryland Democrat said the view is shared by his party, rejecting assertions that the Democrats would be weaker than the Republicans on Iran.

He also said that the use of force against Teheran remained an option.
And Barack Obama also says that he would consider a military attack on Iran's nuclear program.
Senator Obama's early opposition to the war in Iraq is the best known of his views, but voters taking his measure as a potential president will discover that he is a leader in securing stray weapons from the former Soviet Union, a key backer of American aid to the Congo, and that he would tend to support a missile strike on Iran if other methods fail to get Tehran to abandon its nuclear program.
Would they really support such a military strike? Wouldn't that be preemptive war? I understand that they prefer a diplomatic solution to Iran, but that is exactly what Bush has been pursuing.

Some Democratic critics say that the whole problem is that we haven't been talking to Iran face-to-face, but if they seriously believe that Iran would give up its nuclear program if we just met with them and asked nicely is delusional. What is left besides hoping that there will be an overthrow of the Iranian government or the military option? We've been hoping that there will be an uprising against the mullahocracy in Iran for years. Will we still be waiting when they go nuclear? Or can we just hope that Israel will take care of it for us.

Israel denied the story in yesterday's London Times that they had plans for attacking Iran's nuclear facilities. Well, of course they have plans. And of course they were going to deny it. The question is whether they truly have both the capability and the will to do so. Is that our strategy on Iran? Just wait for Israel to take care of it?

Check out the Texas Rainmaker for more quotes and a comparison to what Democrats also said about attacking Saddam Hussein.