Is Iran in Our Gun Sights Now?

By Pat Buchanan

USA and Iran
Is Iran in Our Gun Sights Now?
Pat Buchanan
Patrick J .Buchanan

USA –  -(Ammoland.com)-  “Iran must be free. The dictatorship must be destroyed. Containment is appeasement and appeasement is surrender.”

Thus does our Churchill, Newt Gingrich, dismiss, in dealing with Iran, the policy of containment crafted by George Kennan and pursued by nine U.S. presidents to bloodless victory in the Cold War.

Why is containment surrender? “Because freedom is threatened everywhere so long as this dictatorship stays in power,” says Gingrich.

But how is our freedom threatened by a regime with 3 percent of our GDP that has been around since Jimmy Carter was president?

Fortunately, Gingrich has found a leader to bring down the Iranian regime and ensure the freedom of mankind. “In our country that was George Washington and … the Marquis de Lafayette. In Italy it was Garibaldi,” says Gingrich.

Whom has he found to rival Washington and Garibaldi? Says Gingrich, “Maryam Rajavi.

Who is she? The leader of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, or Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, which opposed the Shah, broke with the old Ayatollah, collaborated with Saddam Hussein, and, until 2012, was designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. Department of State.

At the NCRI conference in Paris in July where Gingrich spoke, and the speaking fees were reportedly excellent, John Bolton and Rudy Giuliani were also on hand.

Calling Iran's twice-elected President Hassan Rouhani, “a violent, vicious murderer,” Giuliani said, “the time has come for regime change.”

Bolton followed suit. “Tehran is not merely a nuclear weapons threat, it is not merely a terrorist threat, it is a conventional threat to everybody in the region,” he said. Hence, “the declared policy of the United States of America should be the overthrow of the mullahs' regime in Tehran.”

We will all celebrate in Tehran in 2019, Bolton assured the NCRI faithful.

Good luck. Yet, as The New York Times said yesterday, all this talk, echoed all over this capital, is driving us straight toward war.

“A drumbeat of provocative words, outright threats and actions — from President Trump and some of his top aides as well as Sunni Arab leaders and American activists — is raising tensions that could lead to armed conflict with Iran.”

Is this what America wants or needs — a new Mideast war against a country three times the size of Iraq?

After Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen, would America and the world be well-served by a war with Iran that could explode into a Sunni-Shiite religious war across the Middle East?

Bolton calls Iran “a nuclear weapons threat.”

But in 2007, all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies declared with high confidence Iran had no nuclear weapons program. They stated this again in 2011. Under the nuclear deal, Iran exported almost all of its uranium, stopped enriching to 20 percent, shut down thousands of centrifuges, poured concrete into the core of its heavy water reactor, and allows U.N. inspectors to crawl all over every facility.

Is Iran, despite all this, operating a secret nuclear weapons program? Or is this War Party propaganda meant to drag us into another Mideast war?

To ascertain the truth, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee should call the heads of the CIA and DIA, and the Director of National Intelligence, to testify in open session.

We are told we are menaced also by a Shiite Crescent rising and stretching from Beirut to Damascus, Baghdad and Tehran.

And who created this Shiite Crescent?

It was George W. Bush who ordered the Sunni regime of Saddam overthrown, delivering Iraq to its Shiite majority. It was Israel whose invasion and occupation of Lebanon from 1982 to 2000 gave birth to the Shiite resistance now known as Hezbollah.

As for Bashar Assad in Syria, his father sent troops to fight alongside Americans in the Gulf War.

The Ayatollah's regime, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Basij militia are deeply hostile to this country. But Iran does not want war with the United States — for the best of reasons. Iran would be smashed like Iraq, and its inevitable rise, as the largest and most advanced country on the Persian Gulf, would be aborted.

Moreover, we have interests in common: Peace in the Gulf, from which Iran's oil flows and without which Iran cannot grow, as Rouhani intends, by deepening Iran's ties to Europe and the advanced world.

And we have enemies in common: ISIS, al-Qaida and all the Sunni terrorists whose wildest dream is to see their American enemies fight their Shiite enemies.

Who else wants a U.S. war with Iran, besides ISIS?

Unfortunately, their number is legion: Saudis, Israelis, neocons and their think tanks, websites and magazines, hawks in both parties on Capitol Hill, democracy crusaders, and many in the Pentagon who want to deliver payback for what the Iranian-backed Shiite militias did to us in Iraq.

President Trump is key. If he does the War Party's bidding, that will be his legacy, as the Iraq War is the legacy of George W. Bush.

 

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

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    Personally, I’m all for the Reagan Option: he got the Muslims of Iraq to fight and kill the Muslims of Iran, and he did it for some 8 years plus! Newsflash: we don’t have to have even a single pair of American Combat Boots on the ground in Iran, nor losing fighter jets to SAM-300/400 (Russian made of course) units: buy Russian made arms/munitions, pass them on to the Iranian Resistance, provide Intel support for Saudi Coalition, and let the Sunni Muslims kill the Shia Muslims! Why? Simply put: if they’re occupied killing one another, the rest of the Jihadist… Read more »

    Wild Bill
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    Yeah, I like the Sunni v Shiite senario better, too. (I don’t know about the Reagan part, though.)

    Larry Brickey
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    Larry Brickey

    Gingrich = Churchill? Hahahahahahahahahaha…………………………………

    marc disabled vet
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    marc disabled vet

    Great !
    Another war , We haven’t gotten out of the last Regime change !
    Do they need New Leader ? Yes , but it’s not our job to choose for ,
    their country who that is . That is for their country alone to decide .
    If we happen to get along with the new regime great .
    Look where our glorious leaders have put our military !
    Remember Benghazi ! Kuwait ! And for who ?
    We had our own regime change and it still is not settled .

    Wild Bill
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    @marc dv, I can understand your aversion with the disability and all. And yes, there will be casualties, but we need real time practice. If the Iranians volunteer to be unpaid, live targets, then so be it. And I don’t mean just the air war, or Tomahawk cruise missiles. I mean all of it. Exercise everything: shut down their computer systems, use the Space Corps, down load the Stryker Bdes, the Air Cav, Div Atry, full on maneuver warfare. Kill every man, woman, child, and goat. Destroy every building that they have from the State House to the outhouse.

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    @ Bill I take it you will be on the front lines in the dirt ! Those that have gone to Hell and Back before and after me , Understand, Not everyone in your sights are legitimate targets. We try not to kill innocent people. We as a nation are not Hitlerion. ( if that is a word) YES I know a majority of their population spew , hate and yell death to America. But not all are guilty . I think some , well placed rounds can change the course of a nation, without total errdication of it’s people.… Read more »

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @marc dv, If DA would give me a BN, I would be in the “God” track. There are no innocent people. Not an issue of guilt. Collateral damage. Fire Mission, over.

    Bob M.
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    Hey Wild Bill, Do you have some kind of mental disorder? “Kill every man, woman, child, and goat. Destroy every building that they have from the State House to the outhouse.” That is the raving of a madman…nothing more, nothing less. And guess what Bill, I’m a vet just like marc! With people like you the west doesn’t need the invasions that the Romans experienced. Bertrand de Jouvenel summed it up nicely in his post WW2 treatise, “On Power”: “We have found again the lost arts of starving noncombatants, burning hovels, and leading away the vanquished into slavery. Barbarian invasions… Read more »

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    Wild Bill

    @Bob M, Bla bla bla.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Bob, Thank you for your service Bob. Ok lets make this fast. You say Geneva Convention. I point out that Iran is not a signatory. You point out Hitler, Stalin, and Ho Chi Min. I respond FDR, Ike, and Dresden and Truman, Admiral King, and Nagasaki. You say Rule or Proportionality. I respond Rule of Collateral Damage. Where did you do your War College, Bob?

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    @BobM … you weren’t in nam were you? Where you could defend a village, feed them, give medical aid, but still if you went to sleep there you could wake up with your throat cut.

    Larry Brickey
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    Got the trillions to pay for this? Moving men and material over there and resupplying them? Outside of nukes this would not, repeat, not be an easy war. Many thousands of our troops dead and who knows how many Iranians before it would be over. Didn’t Ike warn about a ground war in Asia? Do we really need this one? I don’t think so. One of the more accurate prognosticators (ID) magazine) says we will stop being number one in/by 2020. This would held get us there. Don’t be so anxious for war. Do it the way Reagan did the… Read more »

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    Wild Bill

    @Larry, It does not seem to bother you that Iran has been using asymmetrical war to kill young American boys for more that forty years. Yep, we got the trillions. No war is easy. Iran is not the Asian war that Ike contemplated. We do need this one or it will be in New York before you know it. Obama have Iran too much money and they have too much oil to spend themselves into surrender. Have a nice day.