General Lieberman Speaks (Followed By General ChenZhen)June 12, 2007
WASHINGTON (AP) – Sen. Joseph Lieberman said Sunday the United States should consider a military strike against Iran because of Tehran’s involvement in Iraq.
“I think we’ve got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq,” Lieberman said. “And to me, that would include a strike over the border into Iran, where we have good evidence that they have a base at which they are training these people coming back into Iraq to kill our soldiers.”
My initial response was this (from another blog):
- “I want to make clear I’m not talking about a massive ground invasion of Iran,” Lieberman said.
That’s the problem. Unless we’re prepared for full-scale war, I think any attack inside Iran’s borders is just plain foolish. For one, said attack probably won’t halt Iran’s involvement. In all liklihood, the attempt would backfire, even if we did destroy some training camp somewhere. They’d probably just come back at us harder, and the situation would escalate.
Nevermind the fact that this would be exactly what al Qaeda in Iraq wants us to do.
It’s a nice fix Bush has gotten us into, eh?
- Oh boy…General ChenZhen is giving us military advice.
I wonder if I should put some stars in my sidebar?
Sure enough, a real general weighs in:
Senator Lieberman’s saber rattling does nothing to help dissuade Iran from aiding Shia militias in Iraq, or trying to obtain nuclear capabilities. In fact, it’s highly irresponsible and counter-productive, and I urge him to stop.
Update: Excellent and related read from Ezra Klein: Let’s Get Serious — What do liberal hawks actually want to do regarding Iran?