Regularly now, The Washington Post, as always concerned with fairness and balance, runs a blog called "Right Turn: Jennifer Rubin´s Take From a Conservative Perspective." The blog tells us what the Post regards as conservatism. On Monday, Rubin declared that America´s "greatest national security threat is Iran." Do conservatives really believe this? How is America, with thousands of strategic and tactical nuclear weapons, scores of warships in the Med, Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, bombers and nuclear subs and land-based missiles able to strike and incinerate Iran within half an hour, threatened by Iran?
Comments: Wow! This column by Pat, if read in its entirety, oughtta generate a lively discussion...
There are many, many, things I do not agree with Pat Buchanon on, but he is far more honest and insightful than Jenny Rubin are the Nationbuilding By Bayonete crowd that have dominated the party over the last decade. The term ´imperial overreach´ is lost on the Limbaughs, Lindsay Grahams, and McCains. Prudence used to be a conservative value.
How can Iran be considered a greater national security threat to us than North Korea, which has already developed nuclear weapons and missiles capable of delivering them to Hawaii?
In addition, we have an ally in the Middle East, Israel, which has a proven record of destroying nuclear facilities and has vowed to do so in the case of Iran, but we have no similar ally near North Korea that we can depend on to protect us in that area.
If Kim Jung Un, North Korea´s child-dictator, doesn´t get enough attention from the U.S. for his highly publicized nuclear tests because we´re too busy focusing on Iran which is still in the centrifuge stage, maybe he´ll get a little peeved and decide to send a loud greeting to Honolulu to wake us up.
Buchanan thinks in old ways about very real and present dangers. He talks about World War II conflicts (Japan, Germany) and Cold War delivery systems (missiles, air forces) as if these were likely strategies of choice for the modern terror state. Iran does not need missiles, ships, and planes to kill millions of us and inflict irreparable harm on our society. They need just one nuclear weapon and a few motivated individuals to deliver it. Terrorists cannot be reliably deterred by America´s retaliatory capability because they are stateless, anonymous, and insane. Iran knows many such individuals. An Iranian nuclear weapon combines Pearl Harbor and the Holocaust inside a single shipping crate and poses an existential threat to the United States of America. We cannot afford to lose a city in finding out that Pat Buchanan was wrong.
The idiot has apparently never heard of suitcase or backpack nukes. Or docking a ship with a nuke in the hold. Or plutonium powder in the water supply. Who needs an ICBM these days? I suppose Buchanan´s peers, the other 65 million year old dinosaurs, had never heard of meteors. Until they heard just the one....
The issue is not how many weapons we have. The issue isn´t how many strategic and tactical nuclear weapons weapons we have etc..... It´s America refusal to fight wars to win them. We have had "tactical nuclear" weapons for decades and can anyone really say we will ever use them? Nope we never will because we don´t have the will. It´s just that simple. I´ve heard for years about America´s nuclear might only to hear when suggesting their use that "we can´t do that because "they" will retaliate with theirs and we can take the chance." Or words to that effect. America will never win another war.
#9. Sunhan w/respect. You are far to insightful and intelligent to intone such utter nonsense. Iran´s capability to deliver such clandestine nuclear devastation, to our homeland, is a non-existent fantasy of the Hollywierd gang, who make a very nice living promoting hysteria among our room temperature IQ types. Buchanan is on the mark while Rubin needs a brain scan.
Commercial jets, speedboats, small arms, underpants, and sneakers are the weapons of choice of the enemy. Yet we give Obama, Pannetta, Kerry and company billions in useless hardware as they champion gay marines and draft women. Pat is right on gain. Iran could be toast in twenty minutes, if we willed it.
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