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Friday, December 15, 2006


Please, Mr. President, follow this advice.

So here is what you, President Bush, should do: take as a model the Cuban Missile Crisis. First John Kennedy, then Adlai Stevenson, laid before the world the evidence, in the form of aerial photographs, that the Soviet Union was installing nuclear arms in Cuba. The proof was taken as conclusive, and, consequently, the Kennedy administration's actions enjoyed universal support at home, and widespread support abroad.

Do something similar here. Commandeer a half hour in prime time to tell the American people, and the world, that we have clear evidence of Iran's involvement in killing American servicemen. Show the captured munitions. Explain exactly how they have contributed to American casualties. Display aerial photos of the training camps. No doubt there is much more evidence that can be presented or described.

You should say that Iran's supplying of weapons in order to kill Americans is an act of war. In the dramatic finale of your speech, announce that thirty minutes earlier, American airplanes stationed in the Middle East took off, their destination, one of the munitions plants or training camps of which you have shown pictures. That training camp, you say, no longer exists. You say that if Iran does not immediately cease all support for, and fomenting of, violence in Iraq, we will continue to strike military targets inside Iran.

Until we accept that Iran is working for American defeat, we cannot win in Iraq. As long as we treat Iran as a regular country instead of the theocratic dictatorship hellbound on the return of the Islamic Caliphate that it actually is, we cannot win. In fact, as long as Iran is working towards the failure of Iraqi democracy, we will surely be unable to leave Iraq without desasterous results.

It's time to take the gloves off, Mr. President. Retreat is unacceptable. The status-quo is unsustainable. You have only one option. FORWARD!

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