We haven’t had enough over the past few days. And as far as I’m concerned if people can’t tell each other to fuck off over a third possible war in the Middle East, then the Villagers have won.
This is from the comments, because commenter Surly Duff put it a lot better than I have:
One of the main issues of the article, in my mind, is that there is no opposing viewpoint presented regarding Iran’s nuclear programs, only those convinced that it is being used to attain weaponry. Goldberg provides Netanyahu’s position – “framed the Iranian program as a threat not only to Israel but to all of Western civilization”;
an ambassador of the United Arab Emirates – “There are many countries in the region who, if they lack the assurance the U.S. is willing to confront Iran, they will start running for cover towards Iran,” ;
more Israeli officials – If the Israelis reach the firm conclusion that Obama will not, under any circumstances, launch a strike on Iran, then the countdown will begin for a unilateral Israeli attack ;
Rahm Emmanuel – “The expression ‘All options are on the table’ means that all options are on the table,” Emanuel told me before the meeting, in a tone meant to suggest both resolve and irritation at those who believe the president lacks such resolve. ;
The point is that the entire premise of the article is what will be done about the growing threat Iran’s nuclear weapons capacity, and will the United States be involved in military action? But there is never any question about the actual capacity or timeframe of Iran to develop nuclear weapons, and never discussion the negotiations and involvement of the IAEA. It does not appear that he ever asked the question or reviewed any sources to ask, what if Iran is not even pursuing the weapons? Never once addressed Israel’s refusal to join the nonproliferation treaty.
All Greenwald and others are trying to show is that this was the same approach taken by Goldberg in the run up to Iraq war. Take the position that an armed Iran/Iraq exists, and then what the world and U.S. will do to stop it.