The GOP: A Political Party (always) Wishing For War(s)   Leave a comment

An Iran Deal means the Presidential Wannabes will soon Start Shouting

July 14, 2015

In 2009 President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize but back then he didn’t really deserve it. In hindsight, most agree that the voters in Stockholm, or Oslo, wanted [a] to stick a thumb in the eye of “43”, George W (the “decider-in-chief”), and [b] they wanted to send a message to the new president that much was expected of him, particularly in the area of . . . well, peace. Six years later, those Scandinavian voters are beginning to feel relief, or justification, or satisfaction. Last night it became clear that President Barack Obama has opted for dialogue rather than sabre-rattling. He’s chosen to change the course of political thinking rather than be bullied into another war. He’s decided to deal with the world as it is, and not simply pro-long another stalemate. Feigning deafness has not been an Obama trait. Thankfully. After almost two years of talks—six-party talks, aka negotiations, but in reality talks primarily between America and Iran—the deal is about ready. Ready for supporters to breathe a little easier, and ready for the guaranteed opposition from the GOP candidates who wish to be president.

The thinking of the GOP is readily seen in the words of one of the conservative darlings of the “W” administration, John Bolton. Bolton B52Bolton, a man who never met a country (or an international organization) he wouldn’t bomb, continued his drumbeat to war this past spring. When the GOP invited the Israeli Prime Minister to address a joint session of congress, the invitation had one purpose: to stop any deal with Iran. On cue, Netanyahu came to Washington, D.C., and criticized the president, all to the obvious glee of his GOP subjects. And in support of the desired march-to-war and hoping to derail the Iran negotiations, Bolton offered an op-ed in the New York Times on March 26, 2015, with this particularly Bolton-esque paragraph:

The inescapable conclusion is that Iran will not negotiate away its nuclear program. Nor will sanctions block its building a broad and deep weapons infrastructure. The inconvenient truth is that only military action like Israel’s 1981 attack on Saddam Hussein’s Osirak reactor in Iraq or its 2007 destruction of a Syrian reactor, designed and built by North Korea, can accomplish what is required. Time is terribly short, but a strike can still succeed.

Of course, Bolton neglected to deal with the reality that Iraq was never a unified country, but a creation of the post-World War II exercise in line-drawing by the winning powers, and he ignored any history of the region. Bolton also failed to mention that Syria was no military match for Israel and retaliation was highly unlikely. And in March 2015 he hoped no one would recognize that Iran is a unified society, with a long (long as in thousands of years) history. Iraqi and Syrian citizens were never likely to rally en masse  to a defense of their state, or their fearless leaders (respectively, Hussein and Assad). Consequently those two countries are in chaos and Iran as yet has not been attacked by ISIS. Iran’s population is, well, Iranian, and will certainly rise to any invasion, or respond to any attack, by ISIS or the United States. The GOP would like to keep the status quo. See how well that worked with Cuba? For the GOP it’s better to act like a 5-year old: stomp your feet, hold your breath, and refuse to speak with a nation 90 miles from Florida. That certainly made the world a better place. Now Iran is the “new” Cuba.

So instead of a rational, reasoned approach to evaluating the Iran treaty, it’s all about sabotage. Death by a thousand insults. For the GOP crazies, the time has come to ratchet up the verbalized venom, and for their conservative collection of Daddy Warbucks-like supporters to throw a couple of hundred million dollars into media-buys denouncing President Obama, the Iran agreement, and the Iranian people. As John McCain sang in 2007 (“Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Iran“), eight years later John Bolton lectured that it was better to bomb Iran than, well, anything else. If that’s the best the GOP can do, the electorate has to understand that war is their preferred Republican Party option. That’s it.

At least it makes elections easy. Vote for the GOP and it’s a vote for war. Vote for Democrats means voting for rational discourse and, perhaps, a more peaceful world. Nothing is that easy, but the GOP makes it look that way. Time to work for peace, not scream about bombing Iran.

David Steffen

© 2015 David Steffen


Note: As the GOP quotes come in, I’ll add them below. I’m keeping their comments outside, separate, at the bottom of this post, sort of like the dregs they are. (of course I will probably comment on the comments….)

PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: “The deal is ‘[an] historic mistake for the world’ and will allow Iran ‘‘to continue to pursue its aggression and terror in the region.” And so says the leader of a nation with 100-200 nuclear weapons of its own, and a stated preference for war. Time for BB to just shut up and stop encouraging its ally, the United States, to launch a preemptive war on Israel’s behalf.

HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN A. BOEHNER: “Instead of making the world less dangerous, this ‘deal’ will only embolden Iran – the world’s largest sponsor of terror – by helping stabilize and legitimize its regime.”

SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: “This is a terrible deal. It will make everything worse and I live in fear that we have set in motion a decade of chaos.” NOTE: Look for my separate blogpost on this idiotic politician’s views.

SENATOR MARCO RUBIO:  “It will then be left to the next president to return us to a position of American strength and reimpose sanctions on this despicable regime until it is truly willing to abandon its nuclear ambitions and is no longer a threat to international security.”    NOTE: Senator Big Gulp whose parents, according to him, fled the Castro regime’s takeover in Cuba years before Castro ever came to power. Very prescient parents. . . . Now he wishes to impress us with his knowledge of the future of Iran. His views are much more appropriate for Mystery Science Theater 2000 rather than reality.

CARLY FIORINA: “Iran has demonstrated bad behavior for 30 years,” she said. “We know they have been trying to cheat on this deal. We know they have been funding proxies with the strategic objective of destabilizing the region.”  NOTE: Ms. Fiorina wishes to apply her success at HP to Iran. Almost tanking a company is one thing. Attempting to engage in international diplomacy is way above her pay grade (and way above her golden parachute.)

GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE: “The deal threatens Israel, it threatens the United States, and it turns 70 years of nuclear policy on its head,” Mr. Christie said. “I urge Republicans and Democrats in Congress to put aside politics and act in the national interest. Vote to disapprove this deal in numbers that will override the president’s threatened veto.”

GOV. SCOTT WALKER: “The deal rewards the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism with a massive financial windfall, which Iran will use to further threaten our interests and key allies, especially Israel.”


Posted July 14, 2015 by Jazzdavid in Education, Government, History, Religion, war

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