President Obama pushes back against war with Iran

Posted By Levi

March 7th, 2012 8:41pm

Category: Middle East


At his press conference on Tuesday, President Obama warned the war hawks, both here and in Isreal, about the dangers and consequences of making war on Iran.

“At this stage, it is my belief that we have a window of opportunity where this can still be resolved diplomatically. That’s not just my view — that’s the view of our top intelligence officials, it’s the view of top Israeli intelligence officials. And as a consequence, we are going to continue to apply the pressure, even as we provide a door for the Iranian regime to walk through, where they could rejoin the community of nations, by giving assurances to the international community that they are meeting their obligations and they are not pursuing a nuclear weapon. That’s my track record.

Now, what’s said on the campaign trail, you know, those folks don’t have a lot of responsibilities. They’re not commander in chief. And when I see the casualness with which some of these folks talk about war, I’m reminded of the costs involved in war. I’m reminded of the decision that I have to make, in terms of sending our young men and women into battle, and the impacts that has on their lives, the impact it has on our national security, the impact it has on our economy.

This is not a game, and there’s nothing casual about it. And, you know, when I see some of these folks who had a lot of bluster and a lot of big talk, but when you actually ask them, specifically, what they would do, it turns out they repeat the things that we’ve been doing over the last three years. It indicates to me that that’s more about politics than actually trying to solve a difficult problem.

Now, the one thing that we have not done, is we haven’t launched a war. If some of these folks think that it’s time to launch a war, they should say so. and they should explain to the American people exactly why they would do that and what the consequences would be. Everything else is just talk.”

As I pointed out recently, it is the view of most respected experts on the subject that Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program. I also pointed out the costs and consequences of one war. The United States can ill afford another one at this time. Part of the reason for the rising price of gasoline that we are all paying is all this war talk. Start a war and prices are likey to go throught the roof, destroying what little economic recovery in now taking place.

It never ceased to amaze me how some people in this country are so anxious to start wars and are ready to send other people’s children to die yet will  never volunteer themselvs or their children to fight their wars. I believed I have a right to be upset about this. For the past 13 years we have proudly given our son over to the the US military to help keep us safe and every day we pray that he will live a long life.  

Also, see this full-page ad in theWashington Post  from The National Iranian American Council aurging President Obama away from a military confrontation with Iran. The ad relies on quotes from numerous top military officials and also includes a statement signed by several military leaders.

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