Rudy Giuliani has made a "promise" not to
allow Iran to acquire a nuclear capability, even if it requires U.S. military
action. Though the U.S. Army is scrimping to meet recruitment goals, Rudy has
pledged to add at least 10 new combat brigades.
Speaking to an Atlantic Bridge conference in London, Rudy called for NATO
expansion to include Japan, India, Australia, Singapore and Israel. Has Rudy
thought this through?
Why would Japan and Australia, each of which already has a U.S. commitment
to come to its defense, commit to go to war with a nuclear-armed Russia if it
invaded Estonia? For joining NATO would require them to treat an attack on Estonia,
or any other NATO nation in Europe, as an attack upon themselves.
Why should the United States commit to war for India, which has territorial
conflicts and has fought wars with China and Pakistan? What vital interest is
it of ours who holds Kashmir? As for Israel, are American boys now to fight
Hezbollah and Hamas?
While FDR talked to Stalin, Ike and JFK to Khrushchev, and Nixon to Mao,
Rudy would not talk to any "enemies bent on our destruction or those who cannot
deliver on their agreements." Would he be even-handed in the Israeli-Palestinian
dispute? Answers Rudy, "America shouldn't be even-handed in dealing with ...
an elected democracy ... and a group of terrorists."
If Rudy rivals McCain as the hawk's hawk in the Republican race, the foreign
policy advisers he has signed up make the Vulcans of Bush look like Howard Zinn
and Ramsey Clark. Arnaud de Borchgrave titled his column about them "Dogs
Team leader is Charles Hill, a co-signer of the Sept. 20, 2001, neocon
ultimatum to Bush, nine days after 9/11, warning the president if he did not
attack Iraq, his failure to do so "will constitute an early and perhaps decisive
surrender to the war on international terrorism."
Yet Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.
A second member of Rudy's team is Martin Kramer, an Israeli-American who,
according to Ken
Silverstein of Harper's, "spent 25 years at Tel Aviv University and
whose Middle East policy can best be summarized as, 'What's Best for Israel?'"
Silverstein calls Rudy's eight-man advisory group "AIPAC's Dream Team" – AIPAC
being the Israeli lobby, two of whose leaders go on trial in January for espionage
against the United States.
to the New York Times, another key Rudy adviser is Daniel Pipes,
"who has called for profiling Muslims at airports and scrutinizing American
Muslims in law enforcement, the military and the diplomatic corps." Another
is AEI's Michael Rubin, "who has written in favor of revoking the United States'
ban on assassinations."
Best known of Rudy's advisers is Norman Podhoretz, who wrote in June, "The
Case for Bombing Iran" in Commentary, thinks we are in "World War
IV" and writes that "as an American and as a Jew, I pray with all my heart"
Bush will bomb Iran. Podhoretz sees us at Munich in 1938 and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
"Like Hitler," writes Podhoretz, Ahmadinejad "is a revolutionary whose
objective is to overturn the going international order and to replace it in
the fullness of time with a new order dominated by Iran and ruled by the religio-political
culture of Islamofascism."
Time to return to Planet Earth. Ahmadinejad is not only jeered at Columbia
but at colleges in Tehran. He is openly attacked by rivals. He does not control
the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. He does not decide on war or peace. He runs
a regime with 2 percent of U.S. gross domestic product, no nukes and no navy
or air force to rival ours. He is a Shi'ite in a Sunni world. How is this 5
foot, 4 inch Persian going to strong-arm the United States, Russia and China
– not to mention an Israel with 300 nukes – into his "new order"?
After the axis-of-evil speech threatening war on Iraq, Iran and North Korea,
Podhoretz wrote that Bush had not gone far enough.
The "regimes that richly deserve to be overthrown ... should extend to
Syria and Lebanon and Libya, as well as 'friends' of America like the Saudi
royal family and Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, along with the Palestinian Authority."
After toppling them all, wrote Podhoretz, as he mocked the "timorous ... incorrigibly
cautious Colin Powell," let's find "the stomach to impose a new political culture
on the defeated."
Bush found the stomach. Near 4,000 Americans are dead, 27,000 wounded,
Walter Reed is full, and Norman is looking for new wars. On a recent National
Review cruise, he ranted that Iraq was an "amazing success," "a triumph.
It couldn't have gone better." As for Saddam's WMDs, they were secretly "shipped
After meeting with his candidate, Podhoretz emerged happy to assure us,
"There is very little difference in how he (Rudy) sees the war and I see it."
If true, a vote for Rudy is a vote for endless war.
And, as James Madison said, wars are the death of republics.
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