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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
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.
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