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Daily Editorial: U.S. shouldn’t rush into Iran

Vail Daily Editorial Board
Vail CO, Colorado

With Iraq in shambles and the reputation of the United States trashed, President Bush is trying to con the American people into another sure-fire military disaster.

The commander in chief seems antsy to bomb Iran. We’d have to go in by air because our ground forces have been battered in Iraq ” as much by the administration’s bad planning and insufficient support as by the insurgents and al-Qaida.

Bush and Republican presidential candidates like Rudy Giuliani are once again mounting a shock-and-awe offensive of untruths to scare the daylights out of the homeland. Before Iraq, the president warned of Saddam-ignited mushroom clouds in the heartland while his neo-con minions duplicitously alluded to that same evil dictator’s “role” in the Sept. 11 attacks.

Now, according to the administration, Iran is either on the verge of unleashing a nuclear holocaust and/or planning all sorts of terrorist attacks against the forces of good. Why? Is Iran a bigger threat than Iraq ” or are the ayatollahs just another batch of vicious Middle East meddlers propped up by our addiction to their oil?

The president, watching his potential for a respectable legacy rot in the gutter with his approval rating, can think of no other way to improve his standing in history than by making the same disastrous mistake twice and attacking another country than hasn’t fire a shot at us. (Well, maybe Iranians have shot at Americans ” but we started the fighting in Iraq.)

Rather than making history with a drastic policy change in Iraq or by talking to the Iranian regime, our leaders will, rather than showing leadership, attempt to appeal to the lowest common denominator with a massive show of force rather than doing what’s best for all Americans.

” Matt Zalaznick for the Editorial Board

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