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Abizaid Speaks! Oh Dear…

General Abizaid has unburdened himself on the subject of nuclear Iran. He thinks Iran is kinda like the Soviet Union, it’s deterrable, and while he’d rather Iran not have nukes, all in all we could live with it.

“There are ways to live with a nuclear Iran,” Abizaid said…”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.”

I’m grateful for this bit of enlightenment from the former commander of Central Command, whose failed strategy in Iraq led us to fight more effectively, especially against the Iranians’ depredations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. It was under Abizaid that the copious evidence of Iranian activity was suppressed, and we, let’s say, took it easy on the thousands of Revolutionary Guards killers running all over the country. He now wants to extend that policy to Iran itself. He’s got plenty of company in Foggy Bottom, Langley, and the White House.

The unwillingness to deal with the Iranian war against us is truly one of the great examples of mass denial, and we can all thank General Petraeus for refusing to remain silent in the face of this murderous regime that has killed so many Americans, Iraqis, Afghans, and our allies in the big war. I keep asking myself what all our leaders since 1979 will say to their grandchildren when asked “why didn’t we do anything, grandpa/grandma?”

Michael Ledeen — Michael Ledeen is an American historian, philosopher, foreign-policy analyst, and writer. He is a former consultant to the National Security Council, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense. ...

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