Iran, Neocons and Owning A War
Buchanan acknowledges that we are fighting Iran's proxies in Iraq (that we have Iranian Quds Force commanders in custody is perhaps then a minor point) and cites Petraeus's Congressional report fairly extensively to illustrate. Yet, if we respond to force with force, it is somehow the "Neocons' War with Iran." Iran's quest to kill us has little place in his logic, which I find somewhat incomprehensible. I challenged, in part, with the following.
I feel compelled to restate that fully 10% of U.S. combat deaths in Iraq have come and continue to come at the hands of the EFP armor-piercing roadside bomb that Iran designed, manufactures, and supplies.
Iranians seek us out and kill us on the battlefield. Whether they do this with their army, with proxies, or with Peter Pan - I fail to see how that matters. Our dead brothers are our dead brothers. Yet there is no Iranian war.If, however, we dare to retaliate by reducing the Iranian cross-border terror camps to dust, is a "Neocons' War" suddenly materializing out of a vacuum? Does America - or more specifically President George W. Bush - instantly become the wild aggressor? How on Earth does one possibly navigate that leap of logic?
Buchanan is not alone in alluding to Iran as a potential victim of American aggression. The Australian has run a story in which President Bush's vow to protect American forces from Iranian death merchants as a "threat" to Tehran.
That so many steadfastly refuse to publicly acknowledge a war that has been prosecuted by Iran as an Iranian war is not surprising. It is borne of the cheap impetus of political opposition, which is self defeating. It doesn't (and won't) matter who is President. It hasn't for thirty years and it will not suddenly matter in less than one. Iran will kill us and Iraqis so long as we continue to afford it the 'proxy' buffer between acts of war and their consequences.
This is not a defense of 'neocons.' I am not one - however one defines it. I did not 'come to conservatism' from somewhere else. But more importantly, my political views (and those of others) simply don't matter. But if "The Neocons" get it and correctly ascribe responsibility to those who kill our men on the ground, the entire body politic would serve America well by paying little attention to who has identified the aggressor(s) and focusing much more on how and why it is either so or not so.
Until we figure this out, we will forever be ascribing responsibility to each other internally while our intelligent enemies kill us sans accountability. This is how we will lose this war against the jihadyun - be they Sunni or Shi'a, Arab or Persian, European or American. We are our own worst enemy. They know it. We feed it.