Growing Threat

Iran is becoming a bigger problem by the moment, and it is apparent that the Bush administration now has the support of several of the countries that did not support us in Iraq.

When you have the Europeans and John Kerry both saying Iran is a huge problem, sound the alarms. Even people who can't hear or see can get a sense that something big is going on.

My rule is follow the hardware. Or put another way, when a crisis is developing, where is the Seventh Fleet? If the aircraft carriers, for instance, are moored in San Diego or Hampton Roads, you've got to figure we're not soup yet.

So Friday's item about the movement of an entire wing of F-16s — 72 planes — from Indiana and another squadron of 12 F-16s from Utah is worth your interest. The item was in Friday's Washington Times in the column written by Bill Gertz and Rowan Scarborough called "Inside the Ring."

It shows the almost 90 fighter bombers moving from stateside to a base in southwest Asia, someplace near Iran.

These are the kinds of planes that might be used in a military attack on Iran's nuke facilities.

The military is saying it's all part of a normal rotation and is not related to Iran's uranium reprocessing.

Ok. But there are plenty of people who say it would be shirking our duty as the world's biggest power to leave the military dirty work involved in saving the world from Iran's nuke bombs to Israel.

The Israelis could and probably would do it. But that would cause endless difficulties for us in Iraq and the rest of the Middle East.

Doing it ourselves would also cause serious headaches. For instance, the Iraqi Shiites could decide they were really upset with our bombing their Shia brothers across the border and could rise up against U.S. forces in Iraq. We only recently calmed them down.

Victor Davis Hanson, a widely recognized smart guy, wrote about the problem of what to do. This line is worth repeating:

"The public must be warned that dealing with a nuclear Iran is not a matter of a good versus a bad choice, but between a very bad one now and something far, far worse to come."

Victor Davis Hanson in Friday's National Review Online. It's worth the read.

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