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Politicizing War Against Iran

Report 12 October 2010
Today, on a Newsmax broadcast, Sarah Palin proclaimed that allowing Iran to acquire nuclear weapons would result in a battle between good and evil, leading to "Armageddon."  Palin's remarks are the most recent in a litany of bellicose rhetoric made by extreme conservatives about how to deal with Iran.  Yet despite the attempts to use Iran as a political football to scare voters and intimidate policy makers into taking military action against Iran, national security experts and military leaders disagree with such an approach. In addition, the voters aren't buying this argument, as a recent poll showed that only two in ten Americans would go to war with Iran if that country tested a nuclear bomb.  What is striking about the hard right's hyperventilating on this issue is how it reveals the deep fissures in conservative circles on national security policy, particularly between neoconservative military interventionism and Tea Party isolationism, which is ambiguous on military action.  Nonetheless, despite the fact that the Obama administration's dual-track approach towards Iran of sanctions and diplomacy is beginning to bear fruit, the loudest conservative voices continue to be the most militant ones.  However, policymakers should be wary of these arguments during this election season, as we have seen them before in the context of Iraq, where the most militant rhetoric won out during the midterm congressional campaign season of 2002.  A skeptical eye needs to be drawn towards those who would use military action against Iran as a political tool rather than treating it as the serious national security issue that it is. 
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Iran

McCain-Palin Iran Policy Will Hurt Americans at the Pump

Report 29 October 2008
Today, Governor Palin is giving a speech on energy policy and Iran, but her policy and that of John McCain’s are only likely to increase gas prices and lead to confrontation. President Bush’s reckless rhetoric on Iran has already created a security premium that energy analysts believe accounts for 10-30% of the price of oil. McCain’s policies and willingness to sing about bombing Iran promise more of the same. Moreover, McCain plans to continue Bush’s failed policies of refusing to talk to Iran and exclusively focusing on economic and military pressure.
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Governor Palin’s Shaky Foreign Policy Performance

Report 3 October 2008
At last night’s debate Governor Palin failed to distinguish Senator McCain’s foreign policy from the failed approach of George W. Bush. Like Bush and McCain, Palin could not enunciate a clear strategy and endgame for how to effectively end the Iraq War. Palin consistently failed to answer questions. She relied heavily on talking points and did not demonstrate that she has a deep understanding of the critical issues of national security.
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Gov. Palin's Stale Foreign Policy Performances

Press Release Washington, D.C. 3 October 2008

NSN National Security Vice Presidential Debate Survival Kit

Press Release Washington, D.C. 1 October 2008

A Serious Foreign Policy Gaffe

Report 18 September 2008
John McCain last night refused to say whether he would invite Spain’s Prime Minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero to the White House. The interview - conducted in English and translated into Spanish – was with the Florida affiliate of Spain’s Union Radio. In the interview McCain appeared to have no idea who Prime Minister Zapatero was, apparently assuming he was a Latin American leader who might or might not be a friend of the United States.
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Russia

Palin’s Reckless Comments on National Security Call Into Question her and McCain’s Judgment

Report 12 September 2008
In Governor Sarah Palin’s first public comments on national security, she was unable to define her own party’s national security doctrine, suggested that war with Russia might be necessary, and repeated a long-debunked canard about Iraq’s connection to the 9-11 attacks – the kind of out of touch, reckless, cavalier approach to national security that has characterized the last eight years.
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