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Will Obama Shun 'Perpetual War'?

cchuba Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 9:15 AM
Chapman, all of the engagements that you mentioned are small potatoes except for Iran. Unfortunately, Obama has pressured Israel NOT to attack Iran by promising Israel that we would do it for them before Iran gets a nuclear weapon. Obama has also said that containment is not an option and that the U.S. would use all of its assets in order to prevent Iraq from having nuclear weapons. So either he is going to betray Israel or get us into another war; neither option is good. I wish a U.S. president would tell Israel that we understand that a nuclear armed Iran is an existential threat to them and we support any decision that they need to make but that we ourselves will not participate in an attack but only offer logistical support.
Midway through his inaugural address, Barack Obama proclaimed, "A decade of war is now ending." A cynical listener might respond: "And a new decade of war is about to begin." Obama sounded pacific notes Monday. But it will be a huge surprise if he can get through four years without going to war.

Military force should not be a frequent recourse for our leaders. For the first century or so of the republic, it wasn't. Leaving aside the intermittent war against the Indians, wars were few and widely spaced.

Beginning with World War II, though, American presidents grew much more inclined to send...