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November 17, 2006

Ahmadinejad 'Grinning Like a Persian Cat'

In Jay D. Homnick's piece at The American Spectator today, he notes there were many losers in last week's Congressional elections, but it seems pretty clear who was the main winner: President Ahmadinejad of Iran. Unfortunately, he's right:

... When President Bush named three nations in his Axis of Evil speech, he never intended to attack all three. The idea was to effect regime change in Iraq and to intimidate Iran and North Korea into compliance. The leaders of Iran were placed in a quandary, and initially they kept a low profile. They continued supplying Hezbollah with arms but otherwise avoided direct confrontation with the United States.

... By publicly advocating the destruction of Israel, by pushing his nuclear program full-speed ahead, and by sneering at American efforts in the Middle East, he has called our bluff in a big way. But as long as the Bush administration was on offense in Iraq, even if the military effort showed some cracks, Ahmadinejad was still bluffing. Now that an opposition-party Congress has been elected on an antiwar platform, Ahmadinejad holds a winning hand. What does the United States have in its arsenal that he should fear? Not military might, surely. Carl Levin's tanks won't be showing up on his border anytime soon.

Read it all, and be very afraid - of the loss of American will - because the limit of U.S. military power is the political will of its people and its politicians, not it's armed forces. This was made painfully evident in Vietnam, a mistake that, if repeated, could very well result in the defeat of America.

Posted by Richard at November 17, 2006 7:49 AM

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