Friday, February 12, 2010

Warmonger Porn

William Kristol really gets off on the idea of regime change.

So what is the Obama administration going to do about the Iranian regime’s pursuit of nuclear weapons?

Sanctions. But even if the administration succeeds in the U.N. Security Council, even if the administration is then able (with the Europeans) to go beyond what the Russians and Chinese will accept at the United Nations, even if the administration is willing to again consider the “crippling” sanctions it once discussed but now shies away from and even if the administration is willing to risk military conflict by preventing the importing of refined petroleum to Iran — none of this is likely to succeed in inducing the regime in Tehran to halt uranium enrichment or in preventing the regime from ultimately acquiring nuclear weapons capability.

But maybe sanctions are simply designed to buy time. Or, as one senior Obama administration official told the New York Times this week, “It is about driving them back to negotiations, because the real goal here is to avoid war.”

One supposes the official is referring to the possibility of an Israeli strike against the Iranian nuclear program. Or is he referring to an American strike? In either case, he’s right that war is a real possibility. In fact, I’d say military action is likely at some point over the next couple of years if there’s not regime change in Iran.

It’s like porn to him. You can almost hear his squeaky-voiced excitement as he relishes the idea of sending our soldiers into yet another neo-con fantasy of artillery, air strikes, and bombing. He dreams about regime change with the same fervor that a teenager thumbs through the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. Eww.

Aside from the fact that Iran’s army is probably one of the better-trained and better-equipped forces in the world, not just in the Middle East, aside from the fact that luring us into a war is exactly what the hard-liners have been hoping for in order to crack down on the dissenters, aside from the fact that America is just barely getting back its international credibility after the invasion of Iraq, and aside from the fact that William Kristol has been spectacularly wrong in everything he’s had to say about what would happen in just about everything connected with our foreign policy, the idea that he would be getting his jollies over killing Iranians and Americans is just plain repulsive.

I’d suggest that Mr. Kristol go spend a week as an orderly at Walter Reed and see the results of “regime change.” Or stand with the families on the tarmac at Dover as the bodies of our soldiers are returned. Somehow it’s got to get through to him that war is not some objectifying fantasy where the soldiers aren’t really living — or dying — avatars in some grainy video game of explosions and destruction.