In recent months, members of the Democrat Party have attacked President Bush and Republicans alike for eagerly awaiting and in fact actively seeking a military confrontation with the Islamic Republic of Iran. In April of 2007, Dennis Kucinich claimed Vice President Dick Cheney was, “already ginning up a cause for war against Iran.” Senator Joe Biden in October, explaining why he voted against a Congressional bill designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization, said, “I voted against the amendment […] because I don’t trust this administration not to twist its words into a justification for war.” Earlier that same month, Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton, in a Democrat Presidential Debate stated, “[t]he Republicans are waving their sabers and talking about going after Iran. I want to prevent a rush to war.”
As it always seems to be in politics, politicians spend more time demonizing their opponents than they do promoting themselves. The Democrat’s attempt to paint Republicans as blood-thirsty war-mongers is not only dishonest and untrue, but insulting to voters of all political persuasions.
First of all, let it be known that the Bush Administration and any sensible elected Republican believes that the primary goal of American foreign policy towards Iran is to prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons. Currently, the United States and its global allies are working both diplomatically and economically to achieve their common goal. The President and his administration have been consistent on this issue from day one. In February of 2004, President Bush made a speech to the National Defense University and made it clear that the United States would not accept a nuclear Iran and that the United States was working with the IAEA to insure this. More recently, both Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Vice President Dick Cheney stated that the U.S. is committed to working with the international community to find a peaceful solution.
It would, however, be politically and tactically moronic to refuse to leave military options on the table. If indeed Iran procured military-grade nuclear technology, despite the most honest of diplomatic negotiations and most stringent economic sanctions, military action may need to be considered. Senator Barak Obama recognized this in one of the Democrat Presidential debates.
So it appears, in order for the Democrats to gain any kind of political traction on this issue, they must first portray their Republican opponents as those who hope and dream for a military confrontation. This, as I have pointed out clearly, is dishonest and untrue. This ploy by the Democrats is also an insult to voters, as it plays off of the preconceived ignorance of the American public. Democrat Presidential hopefuls are seeking to gain votes by claiming a vote for the Republican Party is a vote for war with Iran. Once again, politicians are demonizing their opponents and refusing to promote their own ideas and solutions to real problems.
This strategy by the Democrats also plays into the hands of Iran’s populist president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Ahmadinejad is seeking to gain more support in Iran by playing off of Iranian nationalism. Nothing creates more nationalism than the prospects of war, and by making grandiose claims that the United States government is actively seeking military confrontation with Iran, Democrats are bolstering Ahmadinejad’s position and diminishing the moderate audience within Iran that will play a crucial role in any peaceful revolution down the road.
In their clumsy quest for political dominance, the Democrats are threatening the already delicate security dilemma in Iran. They are insulting the American public by assuming we believe and hang on every word they speak, regardless if it is right or wrong, and they are insulting the American political system once again by spending more time and campaign funds on demonizing their opponents than they are promoting their own ideas and solutions.
In January, 2008, Americans are asked to vote their conscience at the polls. Whether that is a vote for a Democrat or Republican matters not. What does matter is that your vote is based on fact and reason.