Republicans Won’t Rest Until We’re at War with Iran

republicans1Upon hearing the news that a temporary deal had been reached concerning Iran’s nuclear programs, I knew without even seeing a single comment that Republicans were going to be against this six month trial run of diplomacy.

Because that’s all this is.  It’s a six month deal to see if all parties involved will keep their word.  At that point, another deal can be reached that takes bigger steps towards peace with Iran and preventing the Iranian government from building nuclear weapons.

But I knew the moment I heard the news that Republicans would throw some kind of hissy fit following this announcement.  After all, when have Republicans really ever endorsed diplomacy?

The truth of the matter is pretty simple though — Republicans won’t be happy until we’re at war with Iran.

To Republicans, almost all attempts at diplomacy are signs of weakness.  “We’re the United States, we don’t compromise!”  Then again, that’s the entire GOP philosophy these days anyway.  To conservatives, the idea of compromising is just as vile as the idea of becoming a “filthy America-hating liberal.”

If Republicans had their way, we’d sit there with Iran, tell them they’re going to do whatever we say and if they don’t like it — well, too bad.

Now this might sound like I’m defending Iran, and I’m absolutely not.  Their government for too long has been corrupt, shady, deplorable and sensationalistic.  I absolutely don’t trust them, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t give them a chance.

It wasn’t like this deal was only struck between the United States, China, Russia and Iran.  We had other allies involved such as Germany, France and Britain.  Of course Israel hates the deal, but as time goes on, I’m simply getting tired of the rhetoric coming from that country.  While I get why we support them, too often lately they remind me of that tiny friend who always likes to cause a lot of problems, yet can’t handle them on their own.  Always asking their more powerful friends to come help them out.

But I’m absolutely convinced Republicans won’t rest until we’re at war with Iran.  Hell, I believe had the Iraq War gone the way Bush thought it would (you know, a few months and over — “Mission Accomplished!”), Iran would have been their next target.

Republicans have built this platform that any nation which might be breeding grounds for terror must be dealt with.  Basically, if they feel a nation supports terrorism, we should go to war with that nation.

In other words, the United States would be perpetually at war.  Then again, war is great for big defense companies — which are huge supporters of the GOP.

So of course they oppose any mention of diplomacy with Iran, because that’s not what they want.  The Republican party has nearly always been the party for massive defense spending.  And what better way to facilitate more money for defense spending than by starting more wars?

Oh, and let’s not forget about big oil.  They would love greater access in countries like Iran.

I’m sure it’s just a pure coincidence that the Republican party is supported by huge sums of money flowing in from big oil and big defense — and the last two Republican presidents started wars in the Middle East.

However, when it’s all said and done, this nuclear deal is nothing more than an attempt at diplomacy between nations that for many years have scoffed at any mention of such an idea.

Will it work?  Who knows.  I hope it does.  But if it doesn’t, we’ll take the appropriate steps at that moment.

At least if we end up having to take harsher actions towards Iran in the future (deeper sanctions, military action) history will have shown that we attempted diplomacy — and it simply failed.

Republicans, on the other hand, would rather shoot first and ask questions later.  Which is the exact kind of short-sighted ignorance that got us into the war in Iraq, resulting in the deaths of over 4,000 brave American men and women serving in our armed forces.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Mat Hill

    if you had a chance to read the latest issue of Rolling Stone, there is an article talking about how JFK dealt with the same problems. Conservative war hawks wanted war with Cuba, then it was Laos, then they wanted 650,000 troops for Vietnam, that they even drew up plans for a nuclear first strike against the Soviets begging the president to sign off. Things never change.

  • regressive rightwing trash

    vote crybaby white trash regressive republican,,,,,,,so they can count MORE dollars and watch brave AMERICAN minorities men and women die in some far away land

    • strayaway

      The phillyDOTtrib had an article titled “Minorities continue to pay a high price for iraq”. Blacks were less likely to get killed in Iraq than other races but Hispanics were more likely to get killed than other races. I’ve got a solution. Bring all the troops home from Afghanistan ASAP instead of negotiating to keep 10,000 there longer.

  • Matthew Reece

    Sanctions are an act of aggression against the common people of the country being sanctioned, as well as the business owners in both countries. A better approach would be to flood Iranian markets with American-made goods to gain more support with the common people. They could also be supplied with the kind of arms necessary to carry out some targeted assassinations on key political leaders in Iran.

  • Corey Darrough

    Gettin’ real tired of your shit Allen. If these articles are an example of Progressive “Forward Thinking” then I’m amazed people take Progressive’s seriously.

    This website is turning out to be nothing but an anti-republican-at-all-costs-for-any-reason hate-rag. Try posting some real facts that don’t focus on talking shit and flaming other people, and I might take you seriously. Until then, you need a Satire tag.

    • theodore

      Go read FOX is you prefer hearing lies instead of the truth!

      • Corey Darrough

        No truth here. Nor there. Just hate mongering bullshit. It’s sickening how people can be so callous when claiming the same of others.

  • Tom

    By some estimates the Iraq war will cost 3 or 4 trillion when it’s all said and done (including future costs of veteran’s health care, etc.)

  • Edward Krebbs

    They just can’t stand that despite their continuous opposition to anything and everything, diplomatic means have made progress with both Syria and Iran. Far different than the Axis of Evil blustering of GWB which just inflamed problems with both Iran and N Korea.
    And if they say we’re giving too much to Iran, ask which prez, against the law, sold weapons to Iran.

  • Mr Smith

    Israel is against the deal because once there is true and lasting peace in Iran Israel will have nothing more to complain about and could lose the subsidies they get from America, not to mention the natural resources and antiquities they would not be able to steal as well as the boost to the military industrial complex. All of which being why conservatives are against a peace treaty in Iran as well.