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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

On to Iran

The Weekly Standard says we should launch a preemptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities. I'll give the editorial credit for recognizing a lot of potential counterarguments. One they don't touch on, though, is that even assuming we might have some idea of where to drop some bombs (maybe better than the knowledge we had of Iraq's illicit materials), this would be going back to the pinprick bombing policy of the Clinton administration that we know has been much derided by the Bushies.

Haven't we been told that this type of a strike is ultimately ineffectual? Don't we need to sweep in and depose the government by force in order to implement American-style democracy? And isn't our entire military busy in Iraq and Afghanistan right now? A ground invasion of Iran is an impossibility any time soon (lest I bring up the dreaded D-word), yet anything less seems somehow inconsistent with the Bush approach to such matters.