Rational, Strategic Thought

Retired Army Gen. John Abizaid, who recently headed Central Command, said yesterday that “there are ways to live with a nuclear Iran.”

“Iran is not a suicide nation,” he said. “I mean, they may have some people in charge that don’t appear to be rational, but I doubt that the Iranians intend to attack us with a nuclear weapon.”

The Iranians are aware, he said, that the United States has a far superior military capability.

“I believe that we have the power to deter Iran, should it become nuclear,” he said, referring to the theory that Iran would not risk a catastrophic retaliatory strike by using a nuclear weapon against the United States.

“There are ways to live with a nuclear Iran,” Abizaid said in remarks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank. “Let’s face it, we lived with a nuclear Soviet Union, we’ve lived with a nuclear China, and we’re living with (other) nuclear powers as well.”

This bout of rationality will surely infuriate the insane GOP base, the insane vice president, and the GOP presidential candidates trying to convince the base that they share the same insanity.

That said, while it’s nice to have grown-ups ratchet down the war rhetoric, we shouldn’t have to live with a nuclear Iran.  They are an NPT signatory.

Part of the problem is that the people running Iran are not particularly nice guys.  Another part of the problem is that we have gone about dumping on international organizations and agreements, and have put Iran in a position where they, rationally, feel they need a greater deterrent capability against the US.

Invasions have unintended consequences.

[Thanks linda for pointing this story out].


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