“War has become a matter of presidential choice. That’s why we should take seriously what the candidates for president have to say about attacking Iran,” David Horsey wrote in an article published in the Washington Post on March 9.
Because, Horsey writes, unlike pledges of cutting the deficit or bringing down gas prices, promise of war is something presidential candidates can actually keep.
“Our government and our economy are permanently geared up for war, and very few Americans can remember a time when this was not so… War is now simply what we do. It is part of our national identity.”
Horsey says Ron Paul is the only option for those who are opposed to another war as he has made it clear that he wants to “stay out of other people’s business and cut the military.”
“In stark contrast, the other Republican candidates are trying to outdo one another in their bellicosity.”
The United States, Israel and some of their allies accuse Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program.
The US and the EU have used the pretext to impose international and unilateral sanctions against Iran, while Washington and Tel Aviv have issued threats of a military strike against Iran’s nuclear installations.
Iran has denied the allegations and promised a crushing response to any military strike against the country, warning that any such measure could result in a war that would spread beyond the Middle East.