Countering Iran’s Designs, Do we have what it takes
From the National Review Online
As Americans wonder how to cope with Iran, Iran keeps killing Americans. The primary battleground is Iraq, where agents of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards fund and arm the Shiite extremists whose IEDs pierce the armor of U.S. soldiers and whose bombs massacre Iraqi civilians. Within the next few days, four senators will introduce legislation that faces these facts unflinchingly and calls on America to win.
The resolution — an amendment to a defense appropriations bill — is sponsored by Jon Kyl, Joseph Lieberman, Norm Coleman, and Lindsey Graham. It expresses the sense of the Senate that the U.S. should “combat, contain, and roll back” Iran’s “violent activities and destabilizing influence inside Iraq.” It counsels doing so “through the prudent and calibrated use of all instruments of [U.S. power], including diplomatic, economic, intelligence, and military instruments.” It also urges the administration to designate the Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization.
I agree completely with the proposed legislation to curtail Iran, including naming the Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization and would also go so far as to name Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a Terrorist and reserve a cell for him at Gitmo. Problem is, are we to believe that anyone in the US Government has the stones to actually back up this legislation? If recent circumstances surrounding the Iranian Terrorist in Chief’s visit to New York City offer any insight then one can assume that no one does. No one in the State Department, No one in the White House… Not one member of congress has done one thing to prevent Ahmadinejad from spouting his hatred at the Third World Dictators convention from a building overlooking the East River. Hell The State Department, The Administration and the Department of Homeland Security all let the NYPD take the heat for not allowing the Iranian Terrorist from going to ground zero… Don’t get me wrong here. I am glad the NYPD prevented it… But the decision should never have been theirs to begin with. It should have been someone in the Administration who told the Iranian dictator not here, not now, not ever… For this legislation to ever mean anything, Politicians have to the political will to be able to back it up… Somehow I have serious doubts that anyone in Washington has that will.
Cartoon from Stop the ACLU