Danielle Pletka Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
Yesterday we learned the EU was slapping new sanctions on Iran, today U.S. Senate Passes Iran Oil Sanctions. But perhaps the most astonishing info I've read lately about Iran is revealed in MJ Rosenberg's article American Enterprise Institute Admits: Iran Threat Isn't That It Will Launch Nuclear Attack. It.is.a.must.read!
After a decade of scare-mongering about the second coming of Nazi Germany, the Iran hawks are admitting that they have other reasons for wanting to take out Iran, and saving Israeli lives may not be one of them. Suddenly the neoconservatives have discovered the concept of truth-telling, although, no doubt, the change will be ephemeral.
The shift in the rationale for war was kicked off this week when Danielle Pletka, head of the American Enterprise Institute's foreign policy shop and one of the most prominent neoconservatives in Washington explained what the current obsession with Iran's nuclear program is all about.
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 that 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.
Hold on. The "biggest problem" with Iran getting a nuclear weapon is not that Iranians will use it but that they won't use it and might behave like a "responsible power." But what about the hysteria about a second Holocaust? What about Prime Minister Netanyahu's assertion that this is 1938 and Hitler is on the march? What about all of these pronouncements that Iran must be prevented from developing a nuclear weapons because the apocalyptic mullahs would happily commit national suicide in order to destroy Israel. And what about AIPAC and its satellites which produce one sanctions bill after another (all dutifully passed by Congress) because of the "existential threat" that Iran poses to Israel? Did Pletka lose her talking points?
Yep, hard to believe.
Later, he cites Thomas Donnelly in the Weekly Standard noting the "real prize" for Tehran is "the balance of power in the Persian Gulf and the greater Middle East."
It's probably not the "real prize" for the US and Israel tho, they don't seem that interested in a balance of power, just being in control of the whole region. And keep in mind, Fareed Zakaria and John Mearsheimer have said that, were it a nuclear power, Iran could be contained...
There's lots more where that came from, so follow the link. Thanks for the great catch MJ Rosenberg.