Skip to comments.Iranís Two-Edged Bomb (NYT op-ed)
Posted on 02/09/2010 5:06:48 AM PST by reaganaut1
Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
WITH Iran having notified the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency on Monday that any day now it will begin enriching its stockpile of uranium in order to power a medical reactor, we should admit that Washingtons approach to countering the Islamic Republic is leading nowhere. Whats needed, however, may be less of a change of plan than a change in how we view the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.
Believe it or not, there are some potential benefits to the United States should Iran build a bomb. (Im speaking for myself here, and in no way for the Air Force.) Five possibilities come to mind.
First, Irans development of nuclear weapons would give the United States an opportunity to finally defeat violent Sunni-Arab terrorist groups like Al Qaeda. Heres why: a nuclear Iran is primarily a threat to its neighbors, not the United States. Thus Washington could offer regional security primarily, a Middle East nuclear umbrella in exchange for economic, political and social reforms in the autocratic Arab regimes responsible for breeding the discontent that led to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Until now, the Middle East autocracies have refused to change their ways because they were protected by the wealth of their petroleum reserves. A nuclear Iran alters the regional dynamic significantly, and provides some leverage for us to demand reforms.
Second, becoming the primary provider of regional security in a nuclear Middle East would give the United States a way to break the OPEC cartel. Forcing an end to the sorts of monopolistic practices that are illegal in the United States would be the price of that nuclear shield, bringing oil prices down significantly and saving billions of dollars a year at the pump.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
Applying logic to the insane has for us into trouble faster than anything in this world. A nuclear Iran is unacceptable period.
This clown needs to put the bong down.
A little research about the author seems to indicate that he is not simply an obama shill. He is opposed to unilateral disarmament. However his recent article seems more like wishful thinking than an analysis.
Yeah, its good to have a rabid pitbull living in the house next door. I guess I never thought of it that way.
“(Im speaking for myself here, and in no way for the Air Force.) “
Thank G*d because you’re INSANE
I don't believe it, but I do believe we have another coward. Who is keeping score? Coward, coward, coward, coward, coward, oh hey look, a coward, coward, cowards, there's a coward, and there's one, and there, and there...
Mr. Lowther is clearly a member of "the dreamer school" of foreign relations.
Not to mention the "cross your finger school" of national security.
And published in the New York Times, no less. What a big surprise.
Now we're being told that Iranian nuclear weapons are a good thing? Is there nothing that liberals can't convince themselves of?
Hey, pinhead...if Iran obtained nukes does it occur to you that they'd use it?! Honestly...lock this lunatic up somewhere that has plenty of padded rooms.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.