I know you might be thinking that photo is hardly justification for a war that would likely kill thousands upon thousands. I know that the greater good must often prevail in the realm of international relations and the Middle East is currently about one rocking guitar guy short of being Mad Max Fury Road already. But I don’t care whether you spoon with Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump body pillows at night, Iran releasing the photos of a crying American sailor should piss off every American and, at least, have you wanting a fight whether or not it is advisable. I am not speaking of policy here, but to emotion as if to find out if the American public and the current administration has any fight left in them at all. I don’t mind cooler heads prevailing but I am comforted at night by the thought that my fellow Americans have the hot-blooded temperament that requires a little cooling from time to time. I almost didn’t post the photos so as not to spread the message and shame our brother in arms, but America needs to put on its big boy pants and see it because Iran is the bad guy here.
This is What Happens
Fact, the Iranians were killing American soldiers in Iraq during the height of the insurgency. Fact, the Iranians are helping to kill American-backed fighters in Syria and Yemen. Fact, there is no foreseeable future where America and Iran become besties again. Fact, that while I am often a moderate on most matters, there does come a time in life where you just have to throw down with your bros in a bar fight even though your buddy might have been the one to start the whole melee. Pick a side America and we can debrief later.
If you go back to the pre-Iranian revolution days, you will see a government a little more friendly to America. However, the American-backed regime prior to the Iranian revolution was quite brutal and created a backlash which assisted the rise of the Islamic State in Iran. Whatever, it was the Cold War, we did all sorts of crazy stuff back then so get over it Iran as they all had unintended consequences. It’s called life. I mean, I got to fly over to Iraq to prevent Saddam Hussein from using the weapons of mass destruction that America gave him to fight Iran because the American-backed regime was toppled and Saddam was our buddy.
The point is, I just want to remind my fellow Americans that no matter how convoluted a scenario might be, you just have to pick a side in the bar fight. For Iran to release a photo of a crying captive American sailor is unconscionable and a national insult. So be insulted America, don’t cower or start speaking to reason and ration just yet. Get pissed off a little and punch something, then come talk to me about a broader Middle East policy. Let me know my nation still has a pulse and heart.
The Iranian Dilemma
Elements of Iran are goading America into a fight. Iran is a nation like any other and it has various elements pulling it in very different directions. Ever since we signed the Nuclear Agreement with Iran, certain elements have been taking one provocative action after another because they know the current administration can’t go back on the agreement for which they fought so hard to produce. It is basically the Obamacare of the Persian Gulf. Now, the funny thing is I actually would agree with the President that engaging Iran is better than all-out war or isolation. Iran is not going anywhere and nor are they becoming the bastion of democracy in the Middle East in our lifetime. So come to terms with it as we must, it is essential to have a plan of engagement.
But that doesn’t mean you still can’t remind a neighbor that if you mess with the bull, you will get the horns. General Mattis’ mantra of “No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy” only works if you remind your foe just how powerful of an enemy you can actually be. Truthfully, I don’t know what actions we ought to take but if an Iranian ship or two and their crew should find themselves sleeping with the fishes, then in my best Tony Soprano voice, “What are you gonna do about it.”
I think the above picture which you regularly see on my blog when I am pissed captures it well. Never mind that is was taken on our way to Iraq to destroy the enemy of Iran and help enable their rise. Because I’m rotating that C-130 heading north into Iraq towards the East and now those middle fingers are for you Iran. Get pissed America and don’t apologize for it. It is one thing to deliberate sound policy in the Middle East and an entirely other to abdicate your emotion and love of country because some douchebag Iranians committed a violation of war and you want to sound smart. To the sailor crying, keep your chin up brother and I hope the internet is kind to you. The Iranians are the bad guys here and no one should make it about anything other than that. That sailor is our brother and it doesn’t matter what he did to get himself in that bar fight or how he acted, sometimes you just have to throw down with your brothers and sort it out when you all meet bail in the morning. There is nothing wrong with pursuing sound international policy while at the same time telling the Islamic Republic of Iran what they can go have intercourse with themselves with a cactus. Get angry regardless of your politics America because you should be.
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