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perhaps we will have purchased the acquiescence of our closest allies -- Britain, Germany and, yes, France -- to a military strike on that fateful day when diplomacy has run its course.

Well, did this work in the run up to the Iraq War??? Hmmmmm...

1 posted on 08/25/2006 4:42:56 AM PDT by Molly Pitcher
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To: Molly Pitcher

Krauthammer is one of the few people writing clearly about these issues.


2 posted on 08/25/2006 4:50:41 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Molly Pitcher
The Russians and Chinese are already sending signals that they will allow Iran to endlessly drag out the process. Even if we do get sanctions imposed on Iran, they will undoubtedly be weak. And even if they are strong, the mullahs will not give up the glory and dominion (especially over the Arabs) that come with the bomb in exchange for a mess of pottage.



I take issue with Charlie's description of the run-up to the Iraq War and the whole cowboy/unilateralism/multilateralism thing. Caall me retarded or stupid or whaatever term you like, my recollection of the run-up to the start of the Iraq War was a wasted 6 months at the UN playing the multilateralism game to no avail. The UN wanted to continue issueing pointless resolution after pointless resolution. Bush saw that it was a waste of time and took necessary action.

I give Krauthammer credit with the quoted passage, however, I think he fails to clearly see the end game. China and Russia may be indicating that they won't wait forever, but the question is, if we wait on them, how long will they wait? The day after Iran uses a nuclear weapon to wipe out Tel Aviv, or Haifa, or Jerusalem, or Baghdad, or someplace else is too late. The multilateralism game only gets us in bed with weak-kneed "allies" who are more afraid of getting Iran and the rest of the ME mad at them, than the consequences of a nuclear attack by terrorists using an Iranian produced nuclear device. This is a poker game with very terrible stakes on the table. If the wrong player blinks, we are all in big trouble.

3 posted on 08/25/2006 5:08:15 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: Molly Pitcher

Another example of Krauthammer's clear thinking on this topic- excellent piece and thanks for posting..


4 posted on 08/25/2006 5:16:07 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet-prayers for Steve & Olaf & Israeli Soldiers))
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There will be terrible consequences from such an attack. These must be weighed against the terrible consequences of allowing an openly apocalyptic Iranian leadership from acquiring weapons of genocide.

We have a clear choice. This is the biggest test we face in the present times. I hope and pray the Administration does not let us down.

5 posted on 08/25/2006 5:26:33 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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6 posted on 08/25/2006 6:00:01 AM PDT by SJackson (The PilgrimsóDoing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do!)
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