Colonels' Corner: Time to Pull Up a Table

Col. David Hunt
August 24, 2006

Let us review, shall we? Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, said the Holocaust never happened, and that Israel should be wiped off the face of the earth. He uses proxies like Hamas in Palestine, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Muqtada al-Sadr, and the 16,000-man Mahdi Army, as well as tank-killing IEDs supplied to terrorists in Iraq — all to do his dirty work. He then threatens the world with nuclear weapons.

What does all of this mean? It means that as of this writing, Iran has supplanted the United States as the power of record in the Middle East. And it happened because we, the United States of America, allowed — and continue to allow — it to happen.

We have ignored Iran. We have done nothing real to abate their influence, and we have done even less to stop the flow of weapons to terrorists that have killed United States servicemen and women, Israeli soldiers and innocent Israeli civilians, as well as thousands of civilians in Iraq.

Iran, at least for me, is a straight-up-and-down terrorism and security issue. I do not care what color state you live in — red or blue, or if you are a Democrat, Republican or Independent. I do not care if you are a liberal or conservative, if you are gay, straight, man, woman, cat or dog — you have got to get this. Iran is only as powerful as the rest of the world, led by the United States, allows it to be. Right now, they are pretty damn powerful.

We have to deal with this now. Sure, we can continue to ignore Iran, except that I’m pretty sure we aren't happy with how that that is working out for us.

We can fight — except that we really can’t, since Iran is larger than Iraq and our intelligence on them is worse than it was on the Iraq WMD issue. Also, our soldiers are busy in other locations, so we don’t have enough soldiers to fight another war right now.

Or, another option: we can talk to them.

We have been massively ineffective to this point from preventing these problems from happening. They have said they want to talk, so somebody needs to find a table and bring all of the interested parties to the table. This is a no-brainer.