Iranian Roulette?

Victor Davis Hanson discusses the dissonance in the Anti-war rhetoric chorus

Mr. Reid summed up best the Democrats’ feeling there were plenty of reasons to remove Saddam in a post-September 11, 2001, climate. He reminded Senate colleagues that Saddam’s refusal to honor past agreements “constitutes a breach of the armistice which renders it void and justifies resumption of the armed conflict.”

But it was not just fear of Saddam alone that prompted Democrats to authorize the use of force to remove him. There was the more general, liberal notion of using American arms to stop violent dictators. While the Democratic Party has a strong pacifist wing, its mainstream has always advocated a global promotion of American liberal values — sometimes through use of pre-emptory force.

And then there is Amir Taheri wondering about Ahmadinejad and Russian Roulette

Over the past quarter of a century, the Khomeinist regime has had the prudence not to behave like suicidal adolescents. When faced with the risk of hitting something hard, it has always retreated….

The key question now is whether the Khomeinist regime, which has always played chess, has decided to play Russian roulette.

Ahmadinejad, reported to watch a lot of CNN, has seen the gunboats sail in. But he has also seen Nancy Pelosi, Jack Murtha, Barrack Obama, and other American luminaries such as Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky and Jane Fonda who would rather see Bush destroyed than the mullahs restrained. The American gunboat ballet does not impress the radicals in the ascendancy in Tehran. And that is bad news for all concerned, above all the people of the region.

The fact is that the US confuses its enemies and not in a positive way. As in the Speaker of the House taking offense that the Vice President noted a correlation between the political party’s talk and the Al-Quiada expression of strategy, there are good odds that Russion Roulette is a safe bet. Hold the pistol to your head, pull the trigger, and the chamber will be empty becaue the will and committment of the US is also empty.

This is why the statement of one of the Iraqi leaders was of interest. He said he wanted to see the American presence in Iraq end like in Germany, Japan, and Korea – not like in Vietnam. He did not want to see the Americans posturing with empty guns.

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