Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Bush's Gunboat Diplomacy

Ever since starting off on the wrong foot (twice) back in 1945, it was the United States' official policy that it would never use nuclear weapons preemptively and always as a last resort. As I reported last September, the Bush administration put an end to that pinko, pansy-assed policy. And now Bush is putting his money where his mealy mouth is.

According to a Reuters report, President Bush is refusing to rule out nuking Iran "if diplomacy fails to curb the Islamic Republic's atomic ambitions." So we would nuke Iran not for using a nuclear device, but simply for trying to build one.

Now, I don't want Iran to get a nuke as much as the next guy and I certainly see the grave threat, not just to Israel but to the whole world, if the nutjobs in the Iranian government get their hands on the bomb. I can scarcely imagine something more dangerous. Except for the path George Bush is starting us down.
Asked if options included planning for a nuclear strike, Bush replied: "All options are on the table. We want to solve this issue diplomatically and we're working hard to do so."
I'm no expert in foreign relations, but I'm pretty certain that threatening nuclear annihilation is not in the diplomatic handbook. It's almost as if Bush wants to go to war with Iran and will use any excuse to justify it. Sounds strangely familiar...

If the Bush administration is serious about its leadership role in the world and actually means what it says about winning hearts and minds in the Muslim world, they need to take a step back from the button right now. If they can't do that, then it's time to get some responsible leadership in Washington—people for whom diplomacy doesn't come with a death toll. Otherwise, duck and cover.
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