What Is There To Gain From War with Iran?
Re-Thinking Hawkish Policies
To date over 6,000 Americans have died due to our blundering in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In the Vietnam War we lost over 58,000 Americans and what for? What have these wars brought to the American people I ask you? We are still in Afghanistan and Iraq. Vietnam was a complete failure and what is interesting is all of these wars never had a clear goal or mission in mind. I must ask what is our mission in Iran, if it begets war.
The clear and simple answer as cliché' as it may sound is oil. Why this ever-going feud with Iran? I fear most Americans have accepted the propaganda of them as just another evil regime not unlike Hitler or the Soviets. Iran is far from a utopian paradise of freedom. However, it is a multi-party republic...at best. This idea of being state sponsors of terrorism is beyond ridiculous. Iran is Shia Muslim country. All terrorists such as ISIL, ISIS and those you hear on the news are Sunni Muslims. Why would Iran fund Sunni Muslim terrorists? Could you imagine Stalin funding anti-Soviet socialists like those in Spain or men like George Orwell? I am getting ahead of myself though. Why this feud with Iran?
In 1953 the CIA launched a coup' d'état on their Prime Minister, a social democrat who nationalized the oil. But this oil was to go to the United States and their ally the United Kingdom! We put the Shah in power which lasted until 1979 with the Iranian Revolution. The country had grown tired of his corrupt, pro-western and autocratic rule. Let us add more salt to the wound by allying with Saudi Arabia, Iran's biggest enemy in this cold war the two nations are engaged in the Middle East. Now we impose crippling economic sanctions on their country.
Now I ask what threat has Iran brought to American citizens and their country? Iran has no interest in conquering the United States. Yes, Iran has their own interests in branching out, but only in the Middle East. We are hardly there to spread democracy, especially when we our allied with the absolute theocratic monarchy of Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, in the past we funded Arab Muslims to fight the Soviets, the same men who would later be Al Qaeda. All of this said, we cannot claim moral superiority here in the Middle East. We are better off not siding with either of these devils.
Wars themselves can cost trillions of dollars. We are already in the whole due to our own foreign policy since President Bush. Right now our infrastructure gets a grade of D, many Americans are going bankrupt due to student debt and or medical bills. American workers are still living with stagnation in wages since the 1970's! May I ask how will we pay for this war? We will pay for it by spending trillions of dollars and then making up the costs through cuts to many social services and perceived supply-side economics with tax cuts to stimulate economic growth. Instead, we will sacrifice much more for some mere oil and to get our President his legacy and into the World History Books. I prefer to always fall back on what President Eisenhower said...
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter with a half-million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. . . . This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron