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U.S. Conducting Secret Missions Inside Iran

Yahoo! News – Report: U.S. Conducting Secret Missions Inside Iran: “The United States has been conducting secret reconnaissance missions inside Iran to help identify potential nuclear, chemical and missile targets, The New Yorker magazine reported Sunday.”One can only hope that this is true. Something must be done about Iran and that something will end up including some sort of military action. This action might be support for anti-government forces in Iran or it might include more direct intervention. The present government of Iran cannot be allowed WMD. However, this is where the failure to find WMD in Iraq hurts. I believe the war was justified for several reasons. One reason is that, at the time, Bush was justified in thinking there were WMD in Iraq. He was wrong (as were all us, including opponents of the war, who believed they were there). Being wrong is no sin and one has to make the call with the information one has. Bush had powerful data that Iraq had WMD. Countries like France and Russia agreed. He had to act or risk Sadaam giving those powerful tools to even worse folk. However, one cannot pretend that being wrong does not hurt. Foes of the USA now have a lever to attack our nation each time we see a problem in the world. We will claim (as every one else does again) that Iran has WMD or WMD programs. Iran will deny it and point to our error in Iraq. We will lose this argument in the court of public opinion.That is why Bush must (and will) ignore the court of public opinion. Bush acted rationally in Iraq to go get WMD he believed were there and he will do so again in Iran. One can hope that he need not use direct force as Iran is much larger and stronger than Iraq ever was. We are in a world-wide war against terror. Countries that harbor terrorists, as Iran does openly, must be punished. If we do not, the cost will be much higher later. We do not need a Middle East North Korea.

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