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US Must Be Willing To Take Military Action Against Iran: McCain
SpaceWars.com ^ | 1/15/06

Posted on 01/15/2006 7:17:26 PM PST by StoneGiant

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US Must Be Willing To Take Military Action Against Iran: McCain


Washington (AFP) Jan 15, 2006
Washington should be prepared to take military action if necessary against Iran, a senior US lawmaker said Sunday, calling the standoff over Tehran's nuclear program the biggest international crisis in more than a decade.

"The military option is the last option but cannot be taken off of the table," US Senator John McCain said.

"This is the most grave situation that we have faced since the end of the Cold War, absent the whole war on terror," the Republican lawmaker told CBS television's "Face the Nation" program.

McCain said even the the massive military commitments in Iraq should not allow the United States to rule out responding with force against Iran.

"We are tied up to a great degree. But that does not mean that we don't have military options," McCain said.

He added that such measures should only be resorted to after peaceful methods have been exhausted, including immediate UN action.

"We must go to the UN now for sanctions," McCain said.

"If the Russians and the Chinese, for reasons that would be abominable, do not join us, then we would have to go with the willing."

McCain, one of the most influential members of the US Senate and a leading contender to run for the White House in 2008, said that Washington also should try to counter Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by shoring up opposition democratic movements in Iran.

"The Iranian people are not happy under these mullahs. They have basically repressed and oppressed them. We got to do a lot more in encouraging pro-democracy in Iran," McCain said.

Asked it Iran posed a greater threat to US security than Iraq, McCain said: "I think at this time clearly it does."

"Now, the difference between Iraq and Iran is that Saddam Hussein had us all fooled, including his own generals, about having weapons of mass destruction. I think it's pretty clear in the mind of any expert that Iranians are about to acquire them," he said.

His comments came as Iran vowed to press on with its disputed nuclear program regardless of mounting international pressure.

The EU and the United States are pushing for Iran to be referred to the Security Council over what they fear is a covert weapons drive, leaving Tehran exposed to the prospect of international sanctions.

European, American, Chinese and Russian officials are due to hold talks on the crisis in London on Monday, when they are expected to set a date for an emergency meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency's 35-nation board of governors.

 

Source: Agence France-Presse

 


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: iran; irannukes; mccain

1 posted on 01/15/2006 7:17:29 PM PST by StoneGiant
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To: StoneGiant

what sanctions? the world uses their exported oil, what does McCain want - another oil for food arrangement?


3 posted on 01/15/2006 7:21:48 PM PST by oceanview
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To: iwannstalk; Admin Moderator

Troll alert....

joined today, spouting MoveOn.Org crap


4 posted on 01/15/2006 7:23:30 PM PST by misterrob (Democrats, The Party of Treason)
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To: StoneGiant
""This is the most grave situation that we have faced since the end of the Cold War, absent the whole war on terror," the Republican lawmaker told CBS television's "Face the Nation" program."

Has any looked at legal justification or do we even care at this point. Under the nuclear non-proliferation treaty are there military enforcement options?

I would think we have an uphill battle since we didn't attack India, North korea or or Pakistan, three countries that all started wars with other countries while Iran, to my knowledge has never started a war.
5 posted on 01/15/2006 7:24:09 PM PST by gondramB (Democracy: two wolves and a lamb voting on lunch. Liberty: a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: iwannstalk

Go away, troll.


6 posted on 01/15/2006 7:25:00 PM PST by darkangel82
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To: StoneGiant

BOMB THEM! not torture them!


8 posted on 01/15/2006 7:25:58 PM PST by HHKrepublican_2 (OP Spread the Truth....http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1535158/posts)
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To: StoneGiant

He huffs and he puffs and he blows.


9 posted on 01/15/2006 7:26:03 PM PST by Atchafalaya (When you're there, that's the best!!)
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To: iwannstalk

I take out Syria before China. Well actually maybe San Francisco then Syria then China.


10 posted on 01/15/2006 7:26:30 PM PST by frankjr
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To: gondramB

Iran is making threats and since they have been involved with aiding terrorists killing our soldiers they could use a little shock and awe as well


11 posted on 01/15/2006 7:26:56 PM PST by misterrob (Democrats, The Party of Treason)
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To: iwannstalk

"Nope. Hate them!! Just me."

lol--you're a funny little troll! Please drop some more gems before you go bye-bye.


12 posted on 01/15/2006 7:27:15 PM PST by wolf24 (Rat 2006 Slogan: "Impeach Bush for listening to conversations between terrorists!")
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To: oceanview
Don't take it. Simple enough. You know, real sanctions. "But it is profitable to us". Do you buy body parts from serial killers, and leave them roaming around because you could?
13 posted on 01/15/2006 7:27:28 PM PST by JasonC
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To: wolf24

I got him....too late.


14 posted on 01/15/2006 7:27:41 PM PST by misterrob (Democrats, The Party of Treason)
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To: misterrob

lol


15 posted on 01/15/2006 7:27:54 PM PST by wolf24 (Rat 2006 Slogan: "Impeach Bush for listening to conversations between terrorists!")
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To: JasonC

my point is - who is going to go along with it? no iranian oil on the market means $100/bbl oil, minimum.


16 posted on 01/15/2006 7:28:47 PM PST by oceanview
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To: misterrob; wolf24

That was a quick zot.


17 posted on 01/15/2006 7:29:13 PM PST by darkangel82
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To: misterrob

"Iran is making threats and since they have been involved with aiding terrorists killing our soldiers they could use a little shock and awe as well"


Good point about the terrorist funding ..don't we have them pretty solidly on funding Hamas and some groups that have crossed into Iraq?


18 posted on 01/15/2006 7:29:26 PM PST by gondramB (Democracy: two wolves and a lamb voting on lunch. Liberty: a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: gondramB
Iran rap sheet of terror acts is mile long. They are terror central.

Add to the fact that the president is making overt threats and we have a winner.

19 posted on 01/15/2006 7:30:12 PM PST by zarf (The BCS sucks.)
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To: gondramB
We don't care at this point. Raving madmen getting nukes is not allowed in the corporeal world, while human beings are on watch. And Iran has most certainly exported its killers in the past, from goons shooting people down on European streets, to taking over half of Lebanon, to terrorists attacking Israel, to direct attacks on US targets.
20 posted on 01/15/2006 7:31:50 PM PST by JasonC
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To: oceanview
We don't need anybody's permission. It is called the US Navy. Iran will find it slow business pushing oil to their customers in wheelbarrows.
21 posted on 01/15/2006 7:32:46 PM PST by JasonC
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To: StoneGiant

Sorry John, the situation in Iran will be over by the time the presidential race in '08 heats up. Nice try.


22 posted on 01/15/2006 7:33:25 PM PST by Fruitbat
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To: oceanview
"my point is - who is going to go along with it? no iranian oil on the market means $100/bbl oil, minimum."

Maybe more than that - I think Iran has the 2nd largest oil reserves in the world and is the 2nd or 3rd largest producer.

This would be a good time for the CIA to be getting the president really good intelligence.
23 posted on 01/15/2006 7:34:45 PM PST by gondramB (Democracy: two wolves and a lamb voting on lunch. Liberty: a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: JasonC

it won't work, its unsustainable. what kind of policy is this - iran is a huge threat but we cannot bomb them, so we cut off all their oil exports and drive the world price to $100+ and collapse the western economies?

in the meantime, China and Russia will continue to support iran.


24 posted on 01/15/2006 7:36:26 PM PST by oceanview
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To: gondramB

Al Sadr's crew and they are a long time patron of Hizbollah


25 posted on 01/15/2006 7:36:59 PM PST by misterrob (Democrats, The Party of Treason)
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To: zarf
"Iran rap sheet of terror acts is mile long. They are terror central.

Add to the fact that the president is making overt threats and we have a winner."

I can't believe I didn't think about the funding terrorism angle. I'm not so sure about the threat angle though - is that justification for war under the treaty (or anything else). But anyway, funding terrorists should be enough to justify action.
26 posted on 01/15/2006 7:38:21 PM PST by gondramB (Democracy: two wolves and a lamb voting on lunch. Liberty: a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: misterrob

"Al Sadr's crew and they are a long time patron of Hizbollah"

Thanks you ..Hizbollah - not Hamas. Hamas is Syrian backed, I think.

Edit: Looks like Isreali Securty Forces thinks Iran funds Hamas too

"The Hamas has an extensive network of financial sources, operating within the framework of Dawa activity, with a total value of tens of millions of dollars a year.

1. Gulf States - A considerable proportion of the aforementioned funds originate from various sources in the Gulf States (The Gulf Cooperation Council States). Most of the funding is from Saudi Arabian sources, with a total value of $12 million a year.

2. Iran - Its contribution is estimated at $3 million a year."

http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/MFAArchive/2000_2009/2003/7/The%20Financial%20Sources%20of%20the%20Hamas%20Terror%20Organiza


28 posted on 01/15/2006 7:42:38 PM PST by gondramB (Democracy: two wolves and a lamb voting on lunch. Liberty: a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: oceanview
They can support it all they want, they have to power in the matter. It is far less sustainable for them than for us. First we give them a chance to give up their nuke program, having seen the price of continuing it is complete isolation from the world and with it poverty. If they don't - when they don't - we proceed to take it away from them anyway.
29 posted on 01/15/2006 7:49:28 PM PST by JasonC
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To: JasonC
err "have no power in the matter", I meant.
30 posted on 01/15/2006 7:49:49 PM PST by JasonC
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To: misterrob
There's a lotta trolls out tonight; more than usual seems to me.
31 posted on 01/15/2006 7:52:07 PM PST by kublia khan (Absolute war brings total victory)
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To: kublia khan
The Iranians and the international left are in full court press to save their troublemakers.

On the oil price issue, I've got a great solution. The US announces an "ocean use and transit tax" to pay for global efforts to end terrorism and nuclear proliferation. $50 a barrel to move it by sea anywhere, payable to the US Treasury. Any oil not paid up will be impounded.

Like cartels are only for OPEC...

32 posted on 01/15/2006 7:55:45 PM PST by JasonC
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To: jerrynadler
"Where does all the money go?"

Funds the VRWC, naturally. Jeez.

33 posted on 01/15/2006 7:55:51 PM PST by dasboot
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To: jerrynadler

Go away troll #2


34 posted on 01/15/2006 7:56:50 PM PST by kublia khan (Absolute war brings total victory)
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To: JasonC
Iran will find it slow business pushing oil to their customers in wheelbarrows.

bttt

35 posted on 01/15/2006 8:03:28 PM PST by txhurl (Gingrich/North '08)
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To: StoneGiant

John McCain is a RINO, I say again John McCain is a RINO. And any tough talk is purely political. He will never, I say NEVER be the GOP nominee. The Great Oz Has Spoken


36 posted on 01/15/2006 8:04:02 PM PST by WyCoKsRepublican
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To: jerrynadler

With a nic and opinions like that, you're next; troll.


38 posted on 01/15/2006 8:08:00 PM PST by nopardons
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To: jerrynadler

Oh yes and LEARN HOW TO SPELL, or at least use spell checker, you stupid troll. ;^)


39 posted on 01/15/2006 8:09:16 PM PST by nopardons
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To: kublia khan
There's a lotta trolls out tonight; more than usual seems to me.

Its a full moon tonight

40 posted on 01/15/2006 8:13:59 PM PST by 1035rep
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To: nopardons

:)


41 posted on 01/15/2006 8:18:40 PM PST by scratcher
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To: scratcher

:-)


42 posted on 01/15/2006 8:26:21 PM PST by nopardons
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To: StoneGiant

McCain's pandering to our Republican party is shameful. He would be a Socialist Democrat in Mass, NY or New England - as one travels West in our Great Nation, Republicans become liberals.... Sheep in Wolves' clothes alert.


43 posted on 01/15/2006 9:36:38 PM PST by Jumper (Airborne All The Way!)
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To: WyCoKsRepublican
Doesn't matter, he is still right. Credit where due. Attacking someone for being right just because you don't like him is simply stupid. You just take it and pocket it, no problem.
44 posted on 01/15/2006 10:03:16 PM PST by JasonC
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To: Fruitbat
"Sorry John, the situation in Iran will be over by the time the presidential race in '08 heats up. Nice try."

That's gonna be hard for Hillary to top though.

I will never vote for John McCain!

45 posted on 01/15/2006 10:08:10 PM PST by blam
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To: kublia khan

whats the bug deal. let 'em spout. they just confirm
that the left is indeed nutty..


46 posted on 01/16/2006 8:29:15 AM PST by rahbert
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To: blam

Nah, I won't either. That'd be the first presidential election I sat out. McCain has opportunist written all over him. I'd just as soon have the libs take credit for the same nonsense.


47 posted on 01/16/2006 8:14:01 PM PST by Fruitbat
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To: JasonC

Not to mention 243 US Marines in a cowardly bombing in Lebanon in 1983...


48 posted on 01/12/2007 2:32:35 PM PST by astounded (Islam - a murderous cult masquerading as a religion...)
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To: astounded
I believe "direct attacks on US targets" covers that nicely...
49 posted on 01/12/2007 7:02:09 PM PST by JasonC
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