Why Does the U.S. Want to Go to War With Iran?
Israel, Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Joe Lieberman, Mike Huckabee, Michael Savage, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, and many others are pushing for the U.S. to “take action” against Iran.
Yet a CNN/ORC International poll indicates that only 17% of the public wants the U.S. to use force, with 60% saying diplomatic or economic action against Iran is the right response, and 22% saying no action should be taken at this time.
President Obama doesn’t want to go in (he has been dragging his feet), and neither does Ron Paul. However Obama’s actions have been fully supportive of the economic blockade and sanctions against Iran. Paul would be against sanctions. Alternative media outlets and personalities such as Alex Jones, Jesse Ventura, DailyPaul.Com, BeforeItsNews.com are against military action. Some extreme websites (which I will not list) believe there is a “Zionist” conspiracy and that Israel is behind the whole thing. Those who believe in the New World Order (NWO) conspiracy, such as a writer from LewRockwell.com follow this line of logic:
“Obama is acting “passively” with respect to Israel so that, if and when Israel attacks, he can be seen as having been forced to react against Iran if and when it retaliates against Israel. Obama has already orchestrated such a “forced” response by the U.S. by proclaiming a “red line”that, if crossed by Iran, will result in U.S. retaliation…Its last three elective emperors, Clinton, Bush and Obama, all have made serious mistakes in their management of the empire…”
Is this all about oil (again?):
The Washington Posts reports:
“As both sides dig in for a protracted standoff, investors are snapping up oil contracts in case fighting breaks out in the heart of the one of the world’s biggest oil-producing regions. “Everyone’s pricing in the potential for war now,” independent analyst Stephen Schork said. “Without a concrete resolution, nobody knows how high this can go.”
Israel hasn’t ruled out an attack on Iran, and Iran has said it is ready to strike pre-emptively, possibly targeting the Strait of Hormuz, if it is threatened. The Persian Gulf passageway is a potential choke point for oil supplies. One-fifth of the world’s oil tankers pass through it every day.”
In case you don’t know, instability drives up prices and if you are lucky enough be to invested in the commodity of oil you are making millions off it now. The sheiks, Exxon-Mobile, BP, and uhm…other famous people and groups. This is Economy 101.
“They” don’t want stability in the region, but generally the U.S. will try and intervene to “stabilize” (officially), but it’s really a “foreign interest” to control. Even though most of the U.S.’s oil is (surprise) domestic, Canadian, Mexican, and Venezuelan- fear and speculation control the market.
The official reason is never about oil. It’s about “security”. The mainstream media, talk radio- heck, even your own pastor- may be worried about Iran’s nuclear weapon capabilities. Rick Santorum seems to believe that an Iranian terrorist can carry a nuke on his back to Venezuela, and then sneak over the Mexican border to attack the U.S. If he was president, he would have already authorized missile strikes, at least.
A Few Fun Facts About Iran
- The U.S. has been trying to control Iran since the 1950s. Every attempt has been disastrous, and only enrages or encourages rebels and terrorists, not to mention paving the way to regimes that are not friendly. Some of the most embarrassing episodes in U.S. foreign policy involve Iran, including overthrowing its leader and installing a puppet, funding Saddam Hussein to wage war against Iran, the hostage crisis, and Iran-Contra.
- Yes, there are terrorist camps in Iran. But they are in the Philippines and a bunch of other countries, too.
- North Korea and Pakistan have nukes and haven’t used them. If they haven’t used them, when will they? Nuclear weapons are status symbols and they instantly create a shield of geopolitical protection. They aren’t used.
- Ahmadinejad doesn’t control Iran’s nuclear strategy, armed forces or foreign policy. So when runs him mouth, it doesn’t matter. The “wipe Israel off the face of the earth” quote is subject to translation error. Seriously. Not that it matters since his word is nothing, kinda like McCain singing about bombing Iran.
- The sanctions have been hurting innocent people for decades.
- Is Iran a state sponsor of terrorism? Probably, but they deny it and it probably wouldn’t hold up in an international court.
- Iran is resisting U.N. weapon inspectors. They wonder why the U.N. doesn’t bother Israel and why the U.S. is allowed to have nukes, too.
- President Eisenhower kick-started Iran’s energy program with nuclear research reactors.
- Although Iran consists of 89% Muslims, Zoroastrians (the “first” monotheistic religion and first appearance of the Good vs Evil spiritual motif), Jews, and Christians make up the rest and are protected with reserved seats in parliament. (Not sure if it works in practice, but it is on the books.)
- The U.S. had an opportunity to publicly recognize the people of Iran’s please for help via Twitter in 2009, but ignored them. The U.S. has stuck with shadowy CIA operations instead.
- Amnesty International has a list of horrible Iranian human rights violations.
Justifications for War
- Threat. There is no immediate threat. It is a theoretical “Minority Report”-type threat, i.e. a possible future threat. The U.S. has ships and bases surrounding Iran, not to mention satellites and drones looking down at all times, and they have the technology to take out any missile launch. The U.S. has the Department of Homeland Security, military, and NORAD to protect its borders, after learning the lessons of the FAA and executive leadership dropping the ball on 9/11. War can be justified if the U.S. is attacked first.
- Israel/U.S, mutual protection treaty. Uhm…what treaty? According to a list of U.S. treaties, the only thing that comes up are the Camp David and Oslo Accords, which negotiated peace deals with Egypt and the PLO, respectively.
- Enforcement of U.N. Resolutions. The U.N. with full approval from the permanent members, such as Russia and China, should do something, not the U.S. alone. If not, China and Russia have some explaining to do if Iran continues to break U.N. resolutions and they support it.
- Moral Authority. The case could be made to “save the victims” of the horrible regime. But, of course, it assumes that the United States has the right to be a world super cop and has the moral high ground needed to disrespect sovereignty. It also presumes that the U.S. will occupy Iran to oversee fair elections and make sure weapons and oil don’t fall into the hands of “the wrong people”. If not, it becomes Libya: an ousted regime can be replaced by the greater of two evils.
- Economic. The oil stuff helps the so-called 1% and special interest groups. The U.S. can’t actually afford another all-out war. The U.S. may have to print or borrow more money for this. The economic benefits (if any) are not seen by most Americans. Instead, it becomes a black hole sucking money, like Iraq and Afghanistan.
The President Will Not Ask Congress to Declare War
- It will be an unconstitutional request for Congress to support the budget for “military action” in an”international coalition”. Make sure you check how your state Senators and House of Representatives members vote on that, and VOTE THEM OUT next time if you disagree with this action.
BEST CASE SCENARIO FOR THE UNITED STATES IF ACTION IS TAKEN (using its sick foreign policy philosophy)
- Nice quick and clean military action with help from countries in the area for landing bases and supplies. International community supports action. Precise air strikes and drones cripple Iran’s nuclear facilities, no casualties, Iranian revolutionaries take the opportunity to overthrow the regime. Total cost: no lives, $1 billion, two weeks of bombing. United States puppets can be inserted. China and Russia were bluffing.
WORST CASE SCENARIO FOR THE UNITED STATES IF ACTION IS TAKEN (using its sick foreign policy philosophy)
- Operation goes awry, maybe a plane gets shot down or hostages taken. Ground troops. Israel and Iran launch attacks against each other. China and Russia aren’t bluffing, and the initial scene of World War 6 begins, along with another global recession. Over what?