Obama Scolds G.O.P. Critics of Iran Policy
By JACKIE CALMES and MARK LANDLER
Published: March 6, 2012
WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday forcefully rebuked Republicans on the presidential campaign trail and in Congress for “beating the drums of war” in criticizing his efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis over Iran’s nuclear program, underscoring how squarely the national security issue had entered the election-year debate.
Mr. Obama’s comments, in which he suggested without naming Iraq that the United States had only recently gone to war “wrapped up in politics,” came in a televised news conference. The White House scheduled it on a day when leading Republicans were addressing an influential pro-Israel lobbying group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, known as Aipac, at its annual conference.
I think that some of American politicians are being irresponsible and naive about jumping into war with Arab nations. These wars are difficult to win and whenever you jump in you have to be prepared to be there for the next 10 years because it never stops. You help the people win democracy and the new government just does the same thing all over again. There has to be a better way to deal with conflicts in the Middle East – war does not work. You kill people and they vow to kill you back the first chance they get. The grudge never goes away. War costs money can America afford another protracted war and still feed the growing appetites of American people? I think that the Republican candidates are just trying to use this same worn out war tactic to keep Americans in a state of fear – if we don’t go to war our democracy is at risk – kind of fear. Enough is enough. We want peace , the road to peace can sometimes be long and hard but when you get there it’s solid. Quick fix was breed nothing but more war.