Five years ago, U.S. Sen. John McCain joked about bombing Iran. Now it looks as though McCain, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and the rest of America’s military industrial complex is ready to do it.
You know … in addition to invading Pakistan.
McCain – the ranking Republican on the U.S. Senate armed services committee – has been ratcheting up his rhetoric regarding Iran lately.
“There’s no doubt about the Iranian intention concerning the existence of the state of Israel,” McCain said this week. “I think the Israelis face an existential threat when Iran has a nuclear weapon. I agree with the president of the United States, who said such a eventuality of Iranians having undercover weapons is, quote, ‘unacceptable.’”
McCain – who has also accused Iran of supplying arms to Syria – said that “there may come a time” when America is forced to intervene militarily to check Iran’s aggression.
No surprise there, right? During an April 2007 campaign trip to Murrells Inlet, S.C., McCain – then seeking the GOP presidential nomination – was asked about Iran.
“How many times do we have to prove that these people are blowing up people now, never mind if they get a nuclear weapon. When do we send them an airmail message to Tehran?” an audience member asked him.
“That old, eh, that old Beach Boys song, Bomb Iran,” McCain said in response … referencing the surf rock group’s cover of The Regents 1961 hit.
The audience laughed.
“Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, anyway, ah …” McCain said, eliciting even more laughter from the crowd.
McCain’s latest round of warmongering comes as General Martin Dempsey – chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff – poured cold water over the need for an American military response to the escalating tensions between Iran and Israel.
“I think it would be premature to exclusively decide that the time for a military option was upon us,” Dempsey said. “I think that the economic sanctions and the international cooperation that we’ve been able to gather around sanctions is beginning to have an effect.”
Is that true, though? Iran recently dispatched warships to the Mediterranean Sea – and China and other nations aren’t abiding by the economic sanctions.
But even if it’s not true … is that America’s problem?
In assessing a recent wave of sectarian bombings in Iraq (a.k.a. the last place America made “safe for democracy”) we summed up our views on foreign policy.
“We don’t particularly care if Iraq’s ‘democracy’ survives,” we wrote. “It’s not America’s job to make the world safe for democracy, it’s America’s job to keep this Republic (or what’s left of it) safe from attack. Pardon our isolationist insensitivity, but these warring sects can detonate themselves into oblivion for all we care – as long as our troops aren’t getting caught in the crossfire.”
As for whether Israel’s democracy survives, the last time we checked American troops were not necessary for that purpose.
“You don’t need to send American troops to defend Israel,” Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu told U.S. lawmakers last May. “We defend ourselves.”
Sounds right to us …
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