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Holy Joe: Bombs away on Iran

“The US is probably incapable of completely destroying the Iranian nuclear program, but as a last resort it could attempt to knock out “some of the components” in order to “delay and deter it…”I don’t think anyone is thinking of this as a massive ground invasion, as in Iraq, to topple the government.” Rather, he said, he envisaged “an attempt to hit some of the components of the nuclear program,” primarily from the air, with some potential for covert ground assistance.”
— Holy Joe, in the JPost

He’s got to go. Joe Lieberman is nothing more than a Dem shill for the White House these days, a little puppet to trot out when they need to produce evidence of Dem support for its failed policy in Iraq — and now he’s ready to bend over again as Dear Leader plans to bomb Iran. John over at Americablog summed up this lunacy well:

This is the imbecile who thinks Iraq is going really well. Now he’s trying to convince people that we not only need to go to war in Iran, but that it will only take a surgical air strike? Is he crazy? First off, from what I hear, a surgical air strike isn’t enough.

1. There may very well be nuclear facilities we don’t know about – an air strike won’t hit those.

2. The very reason the Bush administration is talking about possibly using nukes against Iran is because, one assumes, we fear conventional weapons aren’t enough to destroy the Iranian nuclear facilities.

3. That means, according to defense experts I’ve spoken to, we’re going to need to send in ground forces to scour the entire country of Iran in order to determine if we’ve sufficiently destroyed the nuke facilities we targeted, and to determine if there are any other nuclear facilities we didn’t even know exist.

Yes, Virginia, we’re going to need to launch a massive American ground invasion of Iran.

John aptly noted that Iran is three times the size of Iraq with more than twice the population — just how is the U.S. supposed to effectively remove the “threat” while we are still entangled in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Where in the hell are we going to find the military personnel to engage in George’s Next Big Adventure? Will the Yellow Elephants be lining up at the recruiting stations to give W one last high-five for military action?

If the U.S. goes ahead with Joe’s advice (going alone on this of course, because even Tony Blair won’t get burned again), 9/11 could look like small potatoes. (Boston Globe):

Iran is prepared to launch attacks using long-range missiles, secret commando units, and terrorist allies planted around the globe in retaliation for any strike on the country’s nuclear facilities, according to new US intelligence assessments and military specialists.

But military and intelligence analysts warn that Iran — which a recent US intelligence report described as ”more confident and assertive” than it has been since the early days of the 1979 Islamic revolution — could unleash reprisals across the region, and perhaps even inside the United States, if the hard-line regime came under attack.

”When the Americans or Israelis are thinking about [military force], I hope they will sit down and think about everything the ayatollahs could do to make our lives miserable and what we will do to discourage them,” said John Pike, director of the think tank, referring to Iran’s religious leaders.

There could be a cycle of escalation.”

And Holy Joe is ready to sign on for another war tour with Dear Leader. I hope the people of Connecticut have finally heard enough and boot this “moderate Dem” from office.

Hat tip, oddjob.

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