Neo-Cons’ Real Problem With Iran

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Thanks to Antiwar Radio’s Scott Horton for pointing out this gem by M.J. Rosenberg on the real problem the neo-cons have with Iran:

According to Danielle Pletka, head of foreign policy at the neo-con death star American Enterprise Institute:

“The biggest problem for the United States is not Iran getting a nuclear weapon and testing it, it’s Iran getting a nuclear weapon and not using it. Because the second that they have one and they don’t do anything bad, all of the naysayers are going to come back and say, “See, we told you Iran is a responsible power. We told you Iran wasn’t getting nuclear weapons in order to use them immediately.” … And they will eventually define Iran with nuclear weapons as not a problem.”

The Weekly Standard‘s Thomas Donnelly provided another bit of rare non-Straussian clarity when he explained in a column earlier this week:

“We’re fixated on the Iranian nuclear program while the Tehran regime has its eyes on the real prize: the balance of power in the Persian Gulf and the greater Middle East.”

And people still do not see the obvious: that the rush to war on Iran (via a seemingly imminent US-approved Turkish strike on Syria) is a blatant redux of the lies and hype of the Iraqi (non)-threat before the destruction of that once regional power.

As most astute observer of international affairs Diana Johnstone points out in this highly recommended piece on the lies leading to the Libya intervention:

“When much of Europe was still lying in ruins after World War II, the Nuremberg Tribunal issued its Final Judgment proclaiming:

“’War is essentially an evil thing. Its consequences are not confined to the belligerent states alone, but affect the whole world. To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.’”

The moral depravity of these neo-cons leads the US to the same crimes described above. Does anyone believe sinking to the level of the regime on the dock at Nuremburg is a good thing?

12:07 pm on December 3, 2011