March 23, 2009
Iran's primary target - the USTopics: Iran, Political News and commentaries
Although Barack Obama seems to think we can casually deal with Iran diplomatically, a JP opinion piece suggests that the prevention of a nuclear Iran should constitute a top US national security priority. At stake is a nuclear powered Iran acting to force the US and NATO out of the Gulf and the Indian Ocean, and more. I'm inclined to agree:
It would then turn it against Iraq - its arch rival since the seventh century - and against Saudi Arabia, which is considered an apostate regime. All Gulf states are perceived by Iran as a key prize, required in order to control the flow and the price of oil and to bankroll its megalomaniac regional and global aspirations (e.g. leading Islam's drive to dominate the globe).The preemption option the writer speaks of is unfortunately to strong an action for the weak-on-defense, leftist, administration of Barack Obama that, in spite of token comments to the contrary, will be stuck on diplomacy being the only option - until it's too late and we end up with a nuclear Iran and the consequences thereof.
The Jewish state constitutes a non-Gulf basin target for Iran, not a primary target. Moreover, Israel is expected to retaliate in a traumatic manner, which would paralyze much of Iran's military and civilian infrastructure. Therefore, Iran would not sacrifice its super-goal (forcing the US out of the Gulf and subjugating the Gulf states) on the altar of a secondary-goal (obliterating the Jewish state).
FOR THE US AND ISRAEL, the preferred option against Iran is preemption rather than retaliation. Recent precedents suggest that the two countries benefit from leveraging each other's unique experience, as well as from bold unilateral military action against rogue threats.
Posted by Hyscience at March 23, 2009 8:57 AM
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