Is Mitt Being Neoconned Into War?


by Patrick J. Buchanan

Has Mitt Romney given Israel a blank check for war?

So it seemed from the declaration in Jerusalem by his adviser Dan Senor, who all but flashed Israel a green light for war, signaling the Israelis that, if you go, Mitt’s got your back:

“If Israel has to take action on its own in order to stop Iran from developing that capability, the governor would respect that decision.”

“No option would be excluded. Gov. Romney recognizes Israel’s right to defend itself and that it is right for America to stand with it.”

What does “stand with” Israel, if she launches a surprise attack on Iran, mean? Does it mean the United States will guide Israeli planes to their targets and provide bases on their return? Does it mean U.S. air cover while Israeli planes strike Iran?

This would make America complicit in a preemptive strike and a co-belligerent in the war to follow.

What Senor said comes close to being a U.S. war guarantee for Israel, while leaving the decision as to when the war begins to them.

This country has never done that before.

And what does Senor mean by Israel’s need to act “to stop Iran from developing [the] capability” to acquire nuclear weapons?

The collective decision of 16 U.S. intelligence agencies in 2007 that Iran is not pursuing a nuclear weapon — reportedly reaffirmed in 2011 — has never been rescinded. Nor has the White House produced any hard evidence Iran is building a bomb.

Moreover, Iran’s known nuclear facilities are under inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Does the government know something the American people are not being told?

Undeniably, Iran, by enriching uranium to 3.5%, then up to 20%, has a greater “capability” than five years ago of building a nuclear weapon. But Japan, South Korea, and Brazil also have that capability — and none has decided to build a nuclear weapon.

Gov. Romney did not go as far as Senor, but he, too, seems to be saying that not only is Iran’s possession of a nuclear weapon a casus belli for the United States, even an Iran that is capable of building such a weapon is intolerable.

“The regime in Iran is five years closer to developing nuclear weapons capability,” said Romney. “Preventing that outcome must be our highest national security priority.”

Preventing what outcome is “our highest national security priority”?

Stopping Iran from building a bomb? Or stopping Iran from being able to build a bomb years from now?

The governor seems to be aligning himself with Israel’s hawks who are demanding that not only must Iran swear off nuclear weapons forever, Iran must cease all enrichment of uranium and dismantle the facilities at Natanz and Fordow.

Romney’s policy is zero enrichment, said Senor. Tehran must understand that “the alternative to zero enrichment is severe, and that’s why the threat of military force has to be critical.”

This is tantamount to an ultimatum to Tehran: Either give up all enrichment of uranium and any right to enrich, or face war.

Here we come to the heart of the issue, which may be impossible to resolve short of war.

Unlike its neighbors Israel and Pakistan, Iran has signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and has no nuclear weapons. The ayatollah has said they are immoral and Iran will not acquire them.

But under the NPT, Iran claims the right to enrich uranium and seek the benefits of nuclear technology. And in that decision, the people of Iran stand behind their government.

Is denying Iran the right to enrich uranium a reason for America to plunge into its fifth war in that region in a generation?

That appears where we are headed. Reportedly, Obama’s national security adviser recently briefed Bibi Netanyahu on the specifics of U.S. contingency plans to attack Iran.

Has Congress been briefed? Have the American people been consulted? Or are we simply irrelevant?

A decade ago, this country sent an army up to Baghdad to overthrow Saddam and strip Iraq of a vast arsenal of chemical and biological weapons we were told it had and was preparing to use.

We were misled; we were deceived; we were lied to.

Before we outsource to Bibi and Ehud Barak the decision to take us to war with a country three times the size of Iraq, we need to know:

Was the U.S. intelligence community wrong in 2007 and 2011? Is Iran hell-bent on building nuclear weapons? If so, where are they constructing and testing these weapons?

Finally, if Iran is willing to permit intrusive inspections of its actual and suspected nuclear sites but insists on its right to enrich uranium, should we go to war to deny them that right?

But if we are going to go to war again, this time with Iran, the decision should be made in America, according to our Constitution, not by any other country.

  1. #1 by ruby22-kate on July 31, 2012 - 3:11 pm

    Is Mitt really so ignorant that he doesn’t realise that the zionistisraelis want perpetual war, with or without US approval.
    It’s like telling a couple of kids not to steal and at the same time allow the children to roam through an unattended candy store with plenty temptations, it is the same as the neo-zio’s when it comes to aggressive war & occupation.

  2. #2 by NAeem on July 31, 2012 - 5:12 pm

    i don’t think this guy knows what coming out of his mouth he is the perfect idiot for the neocons. I guess GOP were wrong it will be a white christian who will destroy America and not that mass murdering bum obama.

  3. #3 by kelly on July 31, 2012 - 6:55 pm

    What right does Israel have to dictate to any country?….They won’t let anyone in to check their nuclear weapons…Shouldn’t America counter threaten Israel over their statement to take everyone out if they were attacked?… Israel is no ones friend..Let them send those sniveling loons from their own army to fight Iran…Oh that’s right, they can’t because Iran doesn’t use rocks to defend it’s self and they aren’t used to the ‘enemy’ having real weapons. Cowards!

  4. #4 by Vickie Jacobs on July 31, 2012 - 7:25 pm

    We now have a generation with a venereal epidemic of the mind. They’ve been so programmed in this country, children who play video games think they are real. They’re having a hard time thinking.
    Religion too has done this. They just turn Mitt’s video mind on and he will play your game.

    The church today played this game. Like the ‘emperor with no cloths on,’ they have never…………”bring to light the hidden things of darkness”……I Corinthians 4:5

  5. #5 by Mark S. Edwards on July 31, 2012 - 8:40 pm

    Romney seems to be willing to murder innocent people for Israel. (Nothing new with that)
    He will get elected because Obama is not playing ball the Yiddish way.
    Mormonism is not christianity. Romney is not a christian.

  6. #6 by SazzyLilSmartAzz on July 31, 2012 - 10:04 pm

    Romney knows exactly what he’s doing. He figures when he dies he’ll go to heaven and become a god. That’s what Mormons believe. He doesn’t care about the rest of us; he’s every bit a bad as a jew.

  7. #7 by Vickie Jacobs on August 1, 2012 - 12:47 pm

    Mark #5 made a very mind boggling statement and may very well come true.

    “Romney seems to be willing to murder innocent people for Israel.”

    What makes the American people think if he’s willing to to this for Israel over there that that can’t happen over here? The Noahide Laws…………remember. You who are in church…will have to choose on which side of the plumbline you are on….Amos 7:7.

    Remember, Israel and the Mormon church consider themselves as close as cousins.

  8. #8 by Mariah on July 21, 2014 - 1:02 pm

    I dont know this guy.But when i read this post I known him more..Thanks for post!

  9. #9 by Michael on August 20, 2014 - 2:49 am

    No war, please!

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