Ken Blackwell

Moderator Martha Raddatz last week quoted former Defense Sec. Robert Gates as saying we lack the military means to destroy Iran's nuclear weapons program. If that is so, then what possible justification does the Defense Department have for taxing us to build B-1 Stealth bombers that, we are breathlessly told, "can strike any target on earth"? Why have submarine-launched Cruise missiles? What are our JDAMs for? These Joint Direct Attack Munitions are "smart bombs" supposedly capable of guiding bunker buster bombs deep into underground silos.

Ultimately, why is the United States a nuclear super power? The possession by Iran of nuclear weapons is a mortal threat to our homeland. Not just to Israel, or our supposed "allies" in the Gulf region, Iran's nuclear weapons threaten us.

The Iranian rulers have openly said they foresee a world without the United States, without the "Great Satan." They have been making war on us for more than thirty years. Seizing our embassy is an act of war. Holding 52 Americans hostage for 444 days is an act of war. Sending a suicide bomber into the barracks in Beirut to murder 241 Marines and Navy Corpsmen is an act of war. Plotting to bomb a restaurant in Georgetown, in the heart of our nation's capital is an act of war.

The mullahs will never succumb to sanctions. They don't care about "stuff." They only understand force!

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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