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Published On: Wed, Jun 20th, 2012

Top Neoconservatives, Kristol and Fly, urge Congress to take military action against Iran

They are at it again over at the Weekly Standard.

 

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William Kristol, the founder and editor of the magazine, joined forces with Jamie Fly, the Executive Director of the Foreign Policy Initiative wrote an article in the magazine very reminiscent of the letter they wrote with several other leading neoconservative thinkers in the late 90s to Bill Clinton encouraging the then President to use military force against Iraq.

In the current piece, Kristol and Fly go on a diatribe of all the Iranian evils and the dangers (there are quite a few) and of allowing them to continue on their alleged quest for a nuclear weapon.

Sound familiar? Just replace nuclear weapons with WMDs.

In addition, they sharply critique the Obama administration, and the Bush administration for that matter, for their “procrastination, half-measures and delays” in dealing with the Iranians.

They basically say the time for negotiation and sanctions are over and its time for America to flex it’s military muscle against Tehran.

The pair come right out and say it: Isn’t it time for the president to ask Congress for an Authorization for Use of Military Force against Iran’s nuclear program?

They go on,

Instead of running away from it, administration officials could be putting the military option front and center and ensuring it is seen as viable. And if the administration flinches, Congress could consider passing such an authorization anyway. While any commander in chief has the constitutional authority to take urgent action to protect Americans and their interests, such legislation would give weight to the president’s commitment to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. It would strengthen the president’s hand. It would show Tehran that America’s policy of preventing an Iranian nuclear weapon is a credible one. Bipartisan support for such an authorization would remove the issue as much as possible from the turmoil of election year politics. And the authorization could also make clear that the United States would come to Israel’s aid in the event that it decides it needs to take action.

Is this Iraq 2.0? What do you think?

 

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