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The Blue & Gray Press | August 22, 2019

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Iranian Conflict Draws U.S. Attention

President Barack Obama may be forced to drag the United States into another war in the Middle East. As the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq come to a close, there has been a new discussion in the mainstream media on a potential war between Israel and Iran; a war the U.S. could not remain neutral in.

According to the Washington Post, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta believes “there is a strong likelihood that Israel will strike Iran in April, May or June—before Iran enters what Israelis described as a “zone of immunity” to commence building a nuclear bomb.”

Within a few months, Iran could potentially have stored enough enriched uranium to build a nuclear weapon, despite Iranian claims that the nuclear program is solely for a civilian nuclear power plant.

Israel may intend to perform a pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities before they reach this capacity. If Iran gains nuclear weapons, Israel would not have the military strength to defend itself and would be forced to rely on the U.S. for military support.

Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak stated, “The Iranians are, after all, a nation whose leaders have set themselves a strategic goal of wiping Israel off the map.”

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei suggested that Iran would increase its support of terrorist organizations that target the U.S. and Israel.

He stated, “From now on, in any place, if any nation or any group confronts the Zionist regime, we will endorse and we will help. We have no fear expressing this.”

Tensions have escalated from the assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists. Since 2007, there have been six assassinations; the most recent occurred on Jan. 11. Iran believes the U.S. and Israel are behind the attacks, but both nations deny the allegations.

European nations and the U.S. have already passed aggressive sanctions against Iran’s Central Bank and Iranian oil in response to the nuclear program. Iran responded by threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, a waterway that carries one-third of the world’s oil.

Israel’s Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon stated that “Our policy is that in one way or another, Iran’s nuclear program must be stopped. It is a matter of months before the Iranians will be able to attain military nuclear capability. Israel should not have to lead the struggle against Iran. It is up to the international community to confront the regime, but nevertheless Israel has to be ready to defend itself. And we are prepared to defend ourselves, in any way and anywhere that we see fit.”

Obama has called for Israel to return to their 1967 borders and demanded they listen to Palestinian demands; however, this has only increased tension between the U.S. and Israel. Whatever happens, the U.S. is too involved in this conflict to remain silent during it.


  1. 2010 alum

    Good article, Brian. One point of contention though, and that’s the way the article opens. The United States might be forced into another war in the Middle East, but it shouldn’t be President Obama’s role to drag us into it. Actually, it’s not his role at all. It’s the role of Congress to drag us into wars, not the President’s. I recall that a few short years ago one of the biggest complaints about former President Bush was that he un-Constitutionally dragged the US into wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    It’s Congress’ job to declare war, stated plain as day in the Constitution and it’s something too important for us, the voting citizenry, to allow Congress to cede to the President because they’re risk-averse and more focused on retaining their incumbency than doing their jobs. The United States should enter war only when absolutely necessary and even then only if Congress passes a declaration of war, so that we all bear the consequences of it, rather than shifting it all onto the President.

  2. jcmac

    Sadly, the War Powers Resolution is something our representatives in Congress to claim they believe in but then they are unwilling to hold Presidents responsible for completely disregarding it. The President can send armed forces into action abroad only by the Authorization of Congress or when our nation, armed forces, or territories are attacked. But, for some reason a section of the Resolution says that the President must inform Congress within two days of putting armed forces into military conflict. Congressional authorization or a declaration of war must be obtained no later than 90 days (with 30 days added to the normal 60 day period for time to withdraw the military) after the initiation of the conflict. It’s no wonder that so many Presidents have chosen to openly disregard the War Powers Resolution. I agree that the President has no right to just drag us into war but Congress is just as guilty because they sit idly when such breaches of the Constitution occur.

  3. ally frasier

    also Clinton Bosnia for got that one huh and Kennedy Johnson Vietnam
    Short politically driven memories