Letters to the Editor

Romney on Iran | Neoconservatives folly

American citizens should be aware of the dangerous foreign policy path presidential candidate Mitt Romney espouses. While I am no fan of the current president’s economic policies, I also have disdain for the macho, militant statements put forth by Mitt Romney regarding Iran.

His criticism of the administration’s current diplomatic policy to discourage Iran to give up their nuclear program is nothing but pandering to the rich donors in favor of a military strike on Iran. A soon to be released nonpartisan report, compiled by former government officials, national security experts and high ranking retired military officers should cause voters to ponder the high cost, both in life and money, of a President Romney carrying out his flawed policy. The report, according to an AP article, “says achieving more than a temporary setback in Iran’s nuclear program would require a military operation – including a land occupation – more taxing than the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined.”

While I paraphrase, the report also states that a U.S. military strike would weaken the Iranian governments political control over its citizens but would not preclude Iran and other Muslim countries from retaliating, thereby raising the possibility of a war encompassing the entire Middle East.

Has the American public learned nothing from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars? Has the American public not witnessed candidate Romney’s lack of foreign policy smarts from his early trips to Europe where he insulted our allies? His latest condemnation of the administration prior to knowing all of the facts, should frighten us all if he should ever get his finger on our countries nuclear deterrent trigger.

The writer lives in Murrells Inlet.