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  •  Total agreement that the wars in Korea (1+ / 0-)
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    Vietnam, Iraq and now, Afghanistan were unnecessary and wasteful in blood and treasure because our national security was not in danger. And it is equally true that

    "Iran is certainly not an existential threat to the United States."
    But an nuclear-armed Iran is an existential threat to Israel. How and to what extent does the US support an ally? Obama has said to the limit and while I hope it never gets to that point, I support his position.
    •  Shouldn't the allies actions (1+ / 0-)
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      be considered in the equation? It's not an argument I will have on this site but it is a question worth considering.

      There are no sacred cows.

      by LaEscapee on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 05:39:29 PM PDT

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    •  A worthy ally would not drag our country into a (0+ / 0-)

      pre-emptive war without obtaining our official go-ahead FIRST. We shouldn't allow an unworthy ally to lead us into what could easily become a larger war.

      Israel didn't send troops to the "Coalition of the Willing" because it was thought their presence could have increased not lessened the danger to our troops. In the same way, our alliance with Israel against Iran could increase rather than lessen the danger to Israel from countries like Pakistan, North Korea, even Russia.  

      There are hot heads on both sides of the Iran / Israel dispute whose words do not necessarily reflect the thoughts of the people they represent. I'm positive there are many Israeli people who do not support a pre-emptive strike against Iran and I'm positive there are people in Iran who understand that a nuclear strike against Israel would be a suicide mission. We should not allow foolish rhetoric and exaggerations of the true threat guide us to the point of no return.

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