The United States now has two aircraft carrier battle groups stationed in the Persian Gulf. Plans are in place to take military action against Iran. Is there any way to stop a widening of war in the Middle East?
Wes Clark and the VoteVets organization say diplomatic, economic, and political pressures are the way to deal with Iran. "All Americans want to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons and interfering on the ground inside Iraq," Clark writes. "Yet President Bush’s saber rattling gives the U.S. little additional leverage to engage and dissuade Iran, and, more than likely, simply accelerates a dangerous slide into war. The United States can do better than this."
Meanwhile, Sen. Hillary Clinton had this to say in a floor speech last week: "It would be a mistake of historical proportion if the Administration thought that the 2002 resolution authorizing force against Iraq was a blank check for the use of force against Iran without further Congressional authorization. Nor should the President think that the 2001 resolution authorizing force after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, in any way, authorizes force against Iran."