Friday, August 20, 2004

Pre-emptive folly

An interesting story that is only starting to get traction in the US media, are recent statements by the Iranian defense minister, Ali Shamkhani, regarding a potential US or Israeli strike against Iran against their nuclear program. The following comments are regarding Iran's thoughts about the US pre-emption policy:

"We will not sit (with arms folded) to wait for what others will do to us. Some military commanders in Iran are convinced that preventive operations which the Americans talk about are not their monopoly," Shamkhani told Al-Jazeera TV when asked if Iran would respond to an American attack on its nuclear facilities.

There you go. These statements by Iran represent Bush's legacy in regard to his centerpiece foreign policy, the pre-emptive strike. Now we have Iran using the Bush doctrine to justify their own military response to POTENTIAL action against them. Bush's ridiculous policy has obliterated decades of delicate diplomatic posturing and given some of the more unsavory players in the world precedent to take action, violent action, in regard to their own foreign policies. And we have lost absolutely all moral ground to challenge these statements.



At August 25, 2004 at 8:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scary indeed. But with any luck at all, Kerry will be elected, will make clear to the world he does not agree with Bush's pre-emptive doctrine and Iran will no longer feel threatened.

I have this wacky hope that somehow some of the damage of the last 4 years can be undone.

RLP (not to be mistaken for RFP - but you still have Shove it.)


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