The guy in the white house claims that we either accept his horrendous proposal and complete surrender to Iran or we face the prospect of immediate all out war with the mad mullahs. The assertion is that this deal is good because it…..well exactly what do we get out of it? He asserts that Iran will not be developing any nukes for at least 1o years but history with Iran and other terror organizations around the world clearly indicate that such an assertion is childish at best and out right treasonous at worst. He puts out nation and our important allies in harms way only to fulfill some delusional and narcissistic impulse to be remembered as a great diplomat. After all he won the Noble Peace prize his first month in office, could we expect anything less.
The comparisons to Neville Chamberlain are astounding. He also assured the world that old Hitler had been brought to heel and proudly waved the copy of the agreement from Munich and claimed we had “peace in our time’. Well, guess it depended on how long you defined “time”. It turned out to be a little over one year. He is all about himself and that legacy. He’ll have a legacy alright and it will live in infamy.
What would have been so bad about leaving everything exactly where they were and letting Iran suffer the consequences of the sanctions? They are going to do what they want to do toward building a nuke either way. Could any thoughtful and thinking person doubt otherwise? They lie and do it often and brazenly. They will only ramp up their mischief in the entire Middle East with the extra funding of billions they will get immediately from this deal. A few billion here and there to Al Queada, Nusra, in Syria, Egypt, Iraq and Lebanon can cause untold grief, death and misery to millions and advance their ideology at the same time. They have no incentive to refrain from that course of action.
We have many military options besides putting 200,000 soldiers on the ground in an invasion of Iran which is the clear false choice presented by the current white house occupant. Unfortunately many who do not know history and get their news from TMZ will buy into that sophistry. The are many degrees of military action that could be taken and be very effective. How about using our Navy and air power to destroy the Iranian navy. That would be doable and as wars go pretty low risk but a painful blow to our adversary. Further we could impose a complete blockade on Iran in addition to sanctions and cripple what economy they have which in turn would greatly diminish their capacity to spread terror with money and arms and even troops throughout the Middle East. If that wasn’t enough we could also take down their air force entirely. Yes, it would cost some money but how much will be spending anyway under the Iran Deal? We would have to spend mony to fight the terrorists the export and those they supply. And also yes it would have casualties. All wars do sadly but would we be safer with a defanged Iran?
Lastly, many would argue tha Iran would retaliate. So, they already are as fast as they can throughout the Middle East and North Africa. With a blockade, sanctions and no navy or air force it would be that much harder for them to export terrorism rather than the free hand they have under the Administration’s plan. For those who would argue that Russia or China would take action against us if we pursued that course of action, please think that scenario through. They would huff and puff but why would they really care that much in the end. Russia would see stronger oil prices and the diminishment of a competitor and China would have one less rival in that region of the world. Neither of them would attack the U. S. on behalf of Iran. How could we be worse off than the road we are heading down right now? Iran is evil just as Stalin was evil. You never go wrong fighting evil and always do when accommodating it. The Call to prayer might be the sweetest sound Barack ever heard but we need to heed the righteous call to arms for our Western way of life.
“There is a time for war and a time for peace” Proverbs. oldranky.wordpress.com
If you think back over a few years or even a couple of decades how often to remember seeing anything about Turkey in the news? It is a good guess you can’t recall any. Don’t feel bad there weren’t that many anyway. But if you are a person who does keep up with the news a bit then you will surely have noted that Turkey now appears regularly on the back pages of the paper. It doesn’t make headlines but there are the little bits here and there. This has accelerated since the Islamists have increased their power in the government in the last decade. That increase in power is working its inevitable influence on the Turkish government and policies both domestically and on the diplomatic scene. These changes have and will have a profound effect on the US and its European allies and present the West with another set of challenges in dealing with the Islamist around the world.
Hate to bore anyone with a geography lesson but it is essential to understanding the importance of Turkey. It truly is the epicenter of where East meets West and where the Mid East meets West. It is the bridge between those two worlds and has been for millenia. From the time of Troy to Alexander the Great and the World Wars that has been vital territory for empires, kings, tyrants and rulers of all stripes. It has also been the historic melting pot for cultures and religions over the history of Man. The US is a new comer relatively speaking as a melting pot compared to Turkey. It fell under the influence of Islam centuries ago and that conquest was completed when Constantinople fell to the Islamist in 1453 and allowed a permanent foothold on Europe proper for the Muslims that has endured to this day.
Istanbul controls the entrance to the Black Sea. You may not think that is very important but ask the Russians, it has been their dream for centuries to have power over that vital outlet to the world by access to the Mediterranean Sea. The Sea of Marmara at Istanbul separates Europe and the Mid East by only a few miles. You can see across the expanse from one land mass to the other. Whoever controls that passage controls the Black Sea. They even have a back on a few miles to the southwest in the Dardanelles and the Hellespont where once again the seas narrow so much you can look across from one to the other.
Think of the hot spots in the world today and Turkey either shares a border with it or is within a relative stone’s throw away. The obvious ones are Iraq, Iran, Syria, Armenia and Georgia. Israel is only a short drive to the south as is Lebanon. The Ottoman Empire waxed and waned for centuries but the critical mass of Turkey has been under Muslim domination for lo these centuries. When the Ottoman Empire was weakened by the events of WWI the young and ambitious in Turkey led a revolt to modernize the country and bring it into the 20th century. They were successful and although they did not ever come close to abandoning Islam they were mostly secular in their outlook about government and economics and politics. It was not a theocracy anymore. The advances they made were so profound that the European Union began to give serious consideration within the last decade to admitting Turkey as a member state. Recent developments have put that idea of hold if not killed it for a generation of more, depending on the near future events in Turkey.
Under the rule of the Young Turks and their successors Turkey was mostly a civilized and westernized state with basic freedoms and prohibitions on allowing Islam to dominate the government or its policies. The new party in Turkey has begun to change that and it is rapidly moving to return Islam to the forefront of power. From schooling to dress to allowing westerners to dress and drink in their many tourists attractions they are clamping down with Islamist injunctions on behavior and culture. The secularists in Turkey are under assault on all fronts and many have been recently arrested for alleged plots to revolt and eject the current religious party. You don’t have to be a member of some fancy think tank to observe and realize they are winning and likely will have total control of the country in the very near future.
The new Muslims in charge are already playing more than footsy with Iran and Syria and are suspected of having support groups for Hamas and Hezbollah both covert and overt. Historically Turkey has been a supporter of Israel out of perceived self-interest but that perception appears to be changing. Now the thinking there is they are better off in partnerships with the more radical Islamists governments in the area. That carries serious implications for the US and Europe. You think it is hard now to travel from Pakistan or Yemen to the US then just imagine how much easier it will be for new radical Islamist terrorist to travel in and out of Turkey to destinations in the West. Turkey has a well-armed and funded military thanks in large part to the US and NATO. One wonders if we have been supplying our future enemy.
Once the Islamist have a firm grip on total control of government the reliability as an ally will be questionable at best. They will be having a new effort to rewrite their Constitution this year. If that succeeds the US and Europe need to treat Turkey as not an ally but an adversary to be dealt with firmly and looking only to our own protection and interests. Name one place where the Islamist once in power have ever willingly allowed civil liberties and western rights without a war? For our own best interest we need to recognize that this Turkey is done and stick a fork in it. We don’t need to invade or anything that dramatic but we should never turn our back on them for one minute and treat them as hostiles with whom we have a truce. They will be in the enemy camp or at least their informal allies.
“Almost any man worth is salt would fight to defend his home, but no one ever heard of a man going to war for his boarding house.” Mark Twain. http://www.olcranky.wordpress.com