I’m telling you, Republicans won’t rest until we’re at war with Iran.
Which is an opinion that seems supported by comments made by Republican California Representative Duncan Hunter when he said:
“I think if you have to hit Iran, you don’t put boots on the ground. You do it with tactical nuclear devices, and you set them back a decade or two or three. I think that’s the way to do it, with a massive aerial bombardment campaign.”
In other words, if we end up going to war with Iran, skip the basics and go straight for the nukes. Sound military strategy — if you’re insane.
Oh, but he claims he hopes war with Iran isn’t inevitable. Sure he does. It’s pretty clear that following the war in Iraq, Iran has been the next target for war they’ve been working toward.
He then went on to basically say that any form of traditional war and nation building is pointless, and essentially called both the war in Iraq and Afghanistan pointless:
“I think America now knows its limitations in that area and what we can do. Do we want to spend 20 years there after we tear it down to build it back up again so that it isn’t run by a crazy tyrannical leader like has happened in, let’s say Iraq and Afghanistan again. You’ve got some crazy guys running the governments there.”
Yup, he basically said everything Bush tried to accomplish as president in Iraq and Afghanistan was utterly pointless. Which is something I happen to actually agree with, though the context of what he said is entirely different from what I believe.
I believe both wars were pointless because they had goals which simply weren’t obtainable. Or, as it relates to the war in Iraq, “goals” that were completely based on lies.
Rep. Hunter clearly feels that the Middle East is hopeless so why even bother, just nuke ’em all!
He’s right about one other thing — war with Iran would be incredibly difficult. Mostly surrounded by mountains, if we were ever to go to war with Iran, it would probably be one of the bloodiest wars our nation would ever face. Not to mention the third-party ramifications that could possibly lead us perilously close to war with China or Russia.
This is why when I see diplomacy being attempted, I fully support it. Iran is not Iraq, it’s a much more complicated situation. One that requires far more intelligence than Representative Hunter displayed with his moronic comments about using nuclear weapons against the country.