First, let me say that I do not want to invade Iran...I think we have to exhaust every possible solution before we do so. With that said, I am completely and utterly disgusted by Nancy Pelosi's recent assertion that the President has no authority to invade Iran. It weakens our negotiating position with the despot Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when you take the possibility of invasion off the table.
So, my question is, when do we put it back on the table? After they have developed fully functional and deliverable nuclear weapons? Are there really people in this country so naive that they believe Ahmadinejad is wanting the technology for purely non-military purposes? Do we wait until he attacks, or completely destroys, Israel? He's promised to do so...are we going to stand back and allow that to happen?
Once again, I don't want to attack Iran...but that possibility forces others in that country to worry. Obviously Ahmadinejad is a moron and doesn't appear to be rattled by the U.S. threats but the populace of Iran understands the invasion potential and the decimation it would wreak on that country and those are the people we need to stand up to Ahmadinejad. Additionally, why would Ahmadinejad give up his ambitions knowing the internal divisions in this country? Pelosi has basically told him that the United States Congress will not allow us to invade...so, why should he be the least bit concerned about military threats?
On a similar note, the non-binding resolution the Senate is likely to pass this weekend is rather disgraceful. The Democrats are going to oppose President Bush's push in Iraq without offering a plan for victory themselves. I am willing to listen to alternative plans but all I hear from the left is "retreat, retreat, retreat." Where is a plan for victory? Once again, we are not fighting Iraqis, we are fighting foreign entities in Iraq. Once again, Al-Quaida is present in Iraq now and those are the people that we are combating. If we do not continue to take the fight to them and defeat them in Iraq, they will surely bring the fight here with a new sense of determination thanks to their victory in Iraq. I want to hear a Democrat's plan for victory...not a continued call for defeat.