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Stop trying to "frame" Iran (and quit with the timetables)

We can get Iran to give up its nukes anytime we want
 
 
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We never learn.

Three years ago we got suckered into a debate about whether or not Saddam Hussein had these generic things called Weapons of Mass Destruction. It was a dumb and losing debate because most people (including yours truly and many who opposed the war) believed there was a good likelihood that Saddam had squirreled away some artillery shells with chemical warheads or some bugs in a deep hole somewhere.

Allowing the debate to hinge on the question of WMD was a distraction from the only real issue: did a well-contained tin-pot dictator with a third-rate army pose a threat to us. That should have been the issue, regardless of whether he had some mustard gas or vials of anthrax buried in a shelter somewhere.

Now we come to Iran three years later. Same ideologues pushing for a fight, same bootlicking media hacks sucking up all their propaganda and regurgitating it with breathless worry.

Another Next Hitlerâ„¢ is gonna need some killin' and soon. You know the drill.

And here comes the left, God bless 'em, telling us how to frame the issue.

Joshua Holland is a staff writer at Alternet and a regular contributor to The Gadflyer .