The Peace Candidate’s Road to War

Despite Iran’s repeated denials that it intends to develop nuclear weapons, President Obama seems to think that moving aggressively against Iran will help to pacify the regime.  He is now moving to fund dissident groups in Iran, a continuation of a program begun by President Bush.  Change…right?  Antiwar.com weighs in on the issue:

…the administration has a convenient excuse to subsidize opposition and dissident groups under the guise of promoting “the rule of law” in Iran.

The White House and the State Department both defended the program, insisting it did not run counter to the administration’s pretense of neutrality. The administration declined to provide details of exactly which opposition figures it had been funding, however, citing “security concerns.”

On top of this and previous pressure put on Iran, President Obama then stated July 4 that Iran cannot be allowed to become a nuclear power.  The Associated Press reports:

Obama…said Thursday that opposing a nuclear weapons capacity for the Persian Gulf nation isn’t simply “a U.S. position.” He said “the biggest concern is not simply that Iran can threaten us or our allies, like Israel or its neighbors.”

The president said that Iran must not be a nuclear power, although he conceded that the challenge ahead is formidable.

As the United States puts more and more pressure on Iran, the result seems obvious: blowback.  Consider the words of Ron Paul on the subject:

I believe very sincerely that the CIA is correct when they teach and talk about blowback. When we went into Iran in 1953 and installed the shah, yes, there was blowback. A reaction to that was the taking of our hostages and that persists. And if we ignore that, we ignore that at our own risk. If we think that we can do what we want around the world and not incite hatred, then we have a problem. They don’t come here to attack us because we’re rich and we’re free. They come and they attack us because we’re over there. I mean, what would we think if we were –if other foreign countries were doing that to us?

And who will take the blame if conflict does break out?  You guessed it: a hostile Iranian government, who moved to endanger American interests and destabilize the Middle East in a manner that was unacceptable to international security.  I can see the headlines now.  Oh wait, they’re already here.

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