The Rash Platform

Andrew Sullivan, quoting “Sarah Palin’s” op-ed in the New York Sun, believes McCain-Palin are running on an implicit mandate to go to war with Iran.

“We gather here today to highlight the Iranian dictator’s intentions and to call for action to thwart him. He must be stopped. The world must awake to the threat this man poses to all of us.”

Certainly sounds aggressive to me. As Sullivan also notes, going to war with Iran might be difficult to avoid, even in an Obama-Biden administration. But this strikes at the heart of the problem with a McCain foreign policy that eschews legitimate diplomacy and derides the notion of diplomatic relations with Iran. Of course there’s no gaurantee that direct talks with Iran will yield a stand down of Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, but should good faith negotiations fail, we will have undertaken the crucial due dilligence required to secure legitimacy. Should military force ultimately be required, legitimacy will help ensure that other powers do not attempt balancing measures in the face of yet another unpredictable display of American force. You know, like ramping up nuclear programs when we invade bordering countries.


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