Monday, September 24, 2007


[above: Iranian targets; from the World Jewish News Agency.]
by Mondoreb

If one spends much thought on the Iranian situation, not many options are appealing. Only a year ago, most on the right were ruling out military options. No more.

President Bush and Karl Rove sat listening to Norman Podhoretz for roughly 45 minutes at the White House as the patriarch of neoconservatism argued that the United States should bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities.

The meeting was not on the president’s public schedule.
The article continues.
Rove was silent throughout, though he took notes. The president listened diligently, Podhoretz said as he recounted the conversation months later, but he “didn’t tip his hand.”

“I did say to [the president], that people ask: Why are you spending all this time negotiating sanctions? Time is passing. I said, my friend [Robert] Kagan wrote a column which he said you were giving ‘futility its chance.’ And both he and Karl Rove burst out laughing.

“It struck me,” Podhoretz added, “that if they really believed that there was a chance for these negotiations and sanctions to work, they would not have laughed. They would have got their backs up and said, ‘No, no, it’s not futile, there’s a very good chance.’ ”
Norman Podhoretz is right here. The unspoken conclusion: negotiations are useless and stronger means will be needed to counter the Islamic Republic's threat.

The above story will, no doubt, strike fear into the Left. We will hear their usual cant: "War solves nothing" and "Using violence to stop violence is no solution". But military action is always on the table in any country intent on protecting its interests and citizens.

When the Roman Empire could no longer protect trade routes, it's citizens abroad and it interests, it faded into disrepair and, finally history. The Left thinks the United States is impervious to the twin dictates of human nature and history. It is not. One of the rules of history, repeatedly demonstrated century after century, still holds true.

Use it or lose it.

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