Here is some well-thought out and pretty thorough information on the situation from Iran. This is a must read.
Edward Luttwak (senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.) has written a lengthy analysis that is worthy of strong consideration, in any decision(s) regarding any endeavor that we might (or might not) undertake, regarding Iran. It is entitled, Three Reasons Not to Bomb Iran—Yet.
While I agree with the entire premise that Saddam had to go, I have been somewhat critical in how the Administration has handled his removal. I have felt there were some decisions that made no sense, at least in my mind. Miscalculating and underestimating cannot be taken lightly. So, before things get too riled up, too quickly, I strongly advocate a much more realistic plan. Everything has to be taken into consideration.
The only thing that has been done before we reached this point, was talk. Then, no talk. Then talk, again. Then...... Well you get the idea.
Something has to be done. We hear it. They say it. It is then repeated. But nothing is moving forward. Everyone seems to be talking a good game here, but words are cheap, deeds are not.
Many are unwilling to risk the damage that can and most certainly will be done to the world oil markets. Cases in point: Russia and China. They get much of their oil from Iran and they have been dragging their heels, because they would feel the worst sting. Europe has talked (like Europe likes to do) but has yet to produce anything of any noteworthy value. They don't want to pay more for oil either. And quite frankly, I do not savor the idea. But to let a rogue radical state like Iran to get a bomb? Come on now.
Sanctions have been mentioned, but to date , no one has had the guts to implement any. The U.S. has no bargaining chip, so it must be Europe that takes the lead in this one. They must use the often bragged about diplomacy skills and come up with something concrete, here.
But in all of our thinkings, talkings, and doings, one thing stands clear. Something has to be done soon or all of this will become just another big waste of time, while the world will become a more dangerous place. But before it is done, the committment must be to do it smartly.
How will we explain this to our kids and grandkids? How will will tell them that we just let it happen, because we didn't want to pay a lower price earlier, but rather a steeper price later?
Hat tip once again to RCP.