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The Persians Are Coming!

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By:Pat Buchanan | January 27, 2015

"The Iranians are on the march," warned John McCain Sunday.

"Iran is building a new Persian Empire," echoed Col. Ralph Peters.

So alarmed is Speaker Boehner, he invited Bibi Netanyahu to come and challenge U.S. policy toward Iran from the same podium where the president delivered his State of the Union address.

Bibi will make the case for new U.S. sanctions on Iran; sanctions that Obama has said he will veto as they would sabotage talks on Iran's nuclear program and potentially put us on the road to war.

Why are Bibi's insights needed?

Because, says Sen. Robert Menendez, the outgoing chairman of foreign relations, White House statements sound like "talking points from Tehran." This beloved poodle of AIPAC is always a strong contender for best in show.

"Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence . . . a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government."

So warned our first and greatest president in his Farewell Address.

But this column is not about how Washington would weep at what has become of this Republic, nor a polemic against the corruption of a capital where the currency is campaign cash and national policy is the commodity bought and sold.

The issue is whether Iran represents a threat to our security worth risking a war. For that is where many, including Bibi, want us to go.

Last week's panic was triggered by the ouster of the pro-American Yemeni President by Houthi rebels. Suddenly, we heard wails that Iran has now captured four Arab capitals—Baghdad, Beirut, Damascus and Sanaa.

"Death to America, death to Israel," is a slogan of the Houthis who are a Shia minority in Sunni Yemen. But who do the Houthis view as their mortal foes?

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, AQAP. Our enemy, too.

The crown jewel of the new "Persian Empire" is said to be Iraq. So how did the Iranian imperialists manage to acquire it?

George Bush sent an army up to Baghdad, ousted Iran's greatest enemy, Saddam, disbanded his army, smashed his state, and brought to power a Shia majority with religious and historic bonds to Iran.

A masterstroke of Bismarckian brilliance. And both parties voted in Congress to authorize it. Mission Accomplished!—as they say in Tehran.

As for Damascus, Iran is but backing the Alawite Shia regime of Bashar Assad, whose father, Hafez Assad, was Bush I's ally in Desert Storm.

As for Beirut, Hezbollah arose as a resistance movement when Ariel Sharon invaded Lebanon in 1982. Yitzhak Rabin would come to regret the consequences: "We let the Shia genie out of the bottle."

Looking over the chaos that is the Middle East today, we see failed states in Libya, Yemen and Syria, with Iraq and Afghanistan perhaps next.

A strategic disaster, largely of our own making. But if al-Qaeda and ISIS are our real enemies now, Iran, Hezbollah, Assad and the Houthis are all de facto allies, fighting on the same side with us.

Alarmists may see a new Persian Empire threatening all mankind.

A closer look reveals a Shia minority in a Sunni-dominated world where Shia are despised heretics. And of all the terrorist organizations we have the most reason to fear and hate—al-Qaida, Islamic State, Ansar al-Sharia, Boko Haram—none is Shia, all are Sunni.

What about Iran's drive to build a nuclear bomb?

Well, Israel has 100-300 atom bombs. America has thousands. Iran's Muslim neighbor Pakistan has scores. And Iran? She has no bomb.

Iran has never tested a nuclear device. She has never produced weapons-grade uranium. Her Fordow underground plant now has IAEA inspectors and its 20-percent-enriched uranium is all being diluted. Construction of the heavy-water reactor at Arak has been halted. Half of Iran's centrifuges are not operating. There are International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors and cameras blanketing Iran's program.

The U.S. intelligence community has twice said Iran has no nuclear bomb program. And the most recent finding, 2011, has never been reversed by the Director of National Intelligence.

And just how credible a foreign leader has Boehner invited to undercut his own president's credibility?

This is the same Bibi who told the Jewish community of Los Angeles in 2006, "It's 1938 and Iran is Germany . . . racing to arm itself with atomic bombs." President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "is preparing another Holocaust for the Jewish state." Bibi even had the war plans:

"Israel would certainly be the first stop on Iran's tour of destruction, but at [Tehran's] planned production rate of 25 nuclear bombs a year, [the arsenal] will be directed against 'the big Satan,' the U.S."

Twenty-five Iranian nuclear bombs a year! What bullhockey it all was.

Boehner seem to have concluded that new sanctions on Iran, even if it aborts negotiations and brings on a war with Iran, will be rewarded by the electorate in 2016.

Perhaps. But if this is where the GOP is heading, we'll be getting off here.

 

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority. To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Web page at www.creators.com.

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Robert
Mudville
1/27/2015 03:32 PM
 

  Pat Writes : “This is the same Bibi who told the Jewish community of Los Angeles in 2006, "It's 1938 and Iran is Germany . . . racing to arm itself with atomic bombs." President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "is preparing another Holocaust for the Jewish state." Bibi even had the war plans: "Israel would certainly be the first stop on Iran's tour of destruction, but at [Tehran's] planned production rate of 25 nuclear bombs a year, [the arsenal] will be directed against 'the big Satan,' the U.S." Twenty-five Iranian nuclear bombs a year! What bullhockey it all was.” True enough, Pat, but at least the Jewish community in Los Angeles did not stand and applaud the non sense with endless ovations like our Congress will when he revisits the same message in March. The Jewish community in Los Angeles is probably much wiser than our dear leaders, Boehner and McConnell.

 
 
Ken Biggie
West Seneca
1/27/2015 03:51 PM
 

  Can some one give me a simple answer to this question. Who are more dangerous, the Democrats or the Republicans?

 
 
Robert
Mudville
1/27/2015 05:25 PM
 

  Ken, It's hard to say. It's the same beast with just different ways to kill and both sides carrying a variety of different but deadly diseases. The leaders of each party have figured out the lesser of two evils is the best policy and they intend to pursue it. As Bill Kristol once said, " I would rather have Romney or Bush than Clinton but would prefer Clinton and Gore to Buchanan...In other words, prefer stupid to evil but evil over the old guard patriots.

 
 
Clyde Wilson
Columbia, SC
1/27/2015 05:44 PM
 

  Mr. Biggie, without doubt the Republicans. The Republican leaders are out of touch with reality and their grassroots. They are incapable of thought and change and lacking any ideas, sincerity, or principles, or loyalty to anything except themselves and their paymasters. In foreign affairs they are merely posturing by habit without any thought of consequences. Evil as the Dems are, they are not entirely stupid.

 
 
harry Colin
east Palestine, OH
1/27/2015 06:56 PM
 

  Professor Wilson is, as usual, spot on with his observations. One of the apparent darlings of the "new breed" of GOP pols is Ted Cruz; his performance at a recent gathering of Eastern and Middle Eastern Christians proved conclusively that he was both historically ignorant on a grand scale and entirely oblivious - and likely indifferent - to the plight of Christians in the Middle East. Yet who among the usual GOP suspects would have done much better at the gathering? As for Iran, as a young Army officer I remember being told that our intelligence sources warned that Iran "might be just months from a nuclear weapon!" That was in 1980. That's a lot of months.

 
 
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