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Wed Nov 25, 2020, 09:09 AM

Drumpf To Attack Iran - The Disastrous Idea That Won't Go Away

Trump might be tempted to order a military attack on Iran, because his “maximum pressure” campaign failed to thwart that country’s nuclear program.

When President Donald Trump convened his national-security team last week to discuss whether to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, his top advisers dissuaded him from launching missile strikes, The New York Times reported. This comes as a relief, but that such a move was even under consideration is cause for alarm.

The scorn now being heaped upon the president’s Iran policy—which has manifestly failed to stop that country’s nuclear-weapons program—may animate the president’s interest in taking dramatic action before his term expires. Trump’s critics have even speculated that when the president recently bounced his top Pentagon officials, it was out of a desire to attack Iran. I still doubt the connection, but, regardless, this commander in chief has the authority to do a lot of damage in his remaining days in office—no matter who else is in the room with him. And attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities would be disastrous.

Given its fixation on Iran, the Trump administration might seek to use as pretext for a military attack on Iran the International Atomic Energy Agency’s recent announcement that the country has now succeeded in reprocessing 12 times the amount of low-enriched uranium that would have been permitted under the JCPOA. When nuclear material turned up at a location that Iranian officials had not declared to be a nuclear site, the IAEA described their explanation of it as “not technically credible.”

Having failed in four years to craft a successful strategy for constraining Iran’s nuclear-weapons program, the Trump administration can only make things worse by conducting a military attack on the country in the waning days of this president’s tenure. Trump and the advocates of maximum pressure have learned the hard way that their theory of success was mistaken. They’ve managed to isolate the U.S., not Iran. Diplomacy is more than making demands and administering punishment; it also requires winning support from those countries essential to your policy’s success.



https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/11/attacking-iran-would-be-disastrous-parting-move/617145/

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Response to BlueWavePsych (Original post)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 09:11 AM

1. a very good likelihood of this happening unless US Military leadership refuse to act

 

based on a new admin coming into power. Biden needs to telegraph this directly to the Pentagon NOW that NO action can be taken unless he agrees with it

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Wed Nov 25, 2020, 10:13 AM

2. I've got to believe that Biden has already done that,

the military leadership despises Pissolini and his SecDef, there are numerous ways to refuse and order without actually refusing to carry out an order, such as, the Commanding Officers can slow walk preparation, saying that it takes time to build up the necessary forces to counter a certain Iranian counterattack, etc., I myself am not to worried about an attack on Iran by US forces, I am worried about an attack on Iran by Israel, which will plunge the whole region into war.

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Wed Nov 25, 2020, 01:15 PM

3. The smoking gun is a mushroom...

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Wed Nov 25, 2020, 02:12 PM

4. Nice knowing you, folks.

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