Senator Lieberman’s saber rattling does nothing to help dissuade Iran from aiding Shia militias in Iraq, or trying to obtain nuclear capabilities. In fact, it’s highly irresponsible and counter-productive, and I urge him to stop.
This kind of rhetoric is irresponsible and only plays into the hands of President Ahmadinejad, and those who seek an excuse for military action. What we need now is full-fledged engagement with Iran. We should be striving to bridge the gulf of almost 30 years of hostility and only when all else fails should there be any consideration of other options. The Iranians are very much aware of US military capabilities. They don’t need Joe Lieberman to remind them that we are the militarily dominant power in the world today.
Only someone who never wore the uniform or thought seriously about national security would make threats at this point. What our soldiers need is responsible strategy, not a further escalation of tensions in the region. Senator Lieberman must act more responsibly and tone down his threat machine.
None of the Democratic frontrunners has served, yet all three — Silky Pony most noisily among them — have insisted on keeping an attack on Iran’s reactors as an option. As time wears on and our hope-inspiring dialogue with the regime inevitably proves fruitless, all three will have no choice but to escalate their own rhetoric accordingly to keep pace with the GOP during election season. Where will that leave Clark? Count this as exhibit B, then, in the case of the left’s love affair with the chickenhawk meme boomeranging on them. It’s almost worth rooting for McCain to get the nomination just to see it come full circle by next November.
Speaking of escalation, a diplomat who’s been talking to ElBaradei told AFP today that if Iran continues at this pace, they’ll have 8,000 centrifuges installed by December. That’s a big “if,” of course, with plenty of logistical hurdles to clear in order to obtain and operate the necessary equipment at a level needed to enrich uranium. But bear in mind that the threshold number needed to produce enough HEU for a bomb in one year is only 3,000. If ElBaradei comes back this fall or winter with a report that they’ve passed that number and things are working properly, things are going to get very tense. And, less importantly, the campaign’s going to get very interesting.