View Poll Results: What do you think the U.S. should do with regard to the current situation in Iran?

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  • Stay completely out of it, this is none of our business.

    13 28.26%
  • Offer limited verbal support, nothing more.

    9 19.57%
  • Offer verbal support as well as covert material support.

    12 26.09%
  • Actively pursue a multi-national coalition in support of the protesters.

    4 8.70%
  • Offer both covert and over military assistance to oust the regime.

    3 6.52%
  • Other.

    5 10.87%
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    Re: Iran: What do you think the U.S. should do?

    No country should interfer with what is a internal issue. Only Iranians can swing it one way or the other, we can only observe


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    Re: Iran: What do you think the U.S. should do?

    I vote we have Israel decide the election.
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    Re: Iran: What do you think the U.S. should do?

    Quote Originally Posted by hiswoman View Post
    Verbal support. This election is none of our business. The only thing we should do is let the Iranian people know that we stand with them in support of their right to choose their next leader, and not be taken for fools.
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    Re: Iran: What do you think the U.S. should do?

    If we verbally support any faction too much, I am afraid they would not welcome it as it would put them in danger of being accused as an American influenced/controlled faction. Less is more, here. However, if they would welcome it, and it could be entirely secret, covert aid would be prudent.

    Ultimately, this is a stubbornly Iranian problem. The political environment makes it so that if we take any steps to help in any way at all, we very much risk undermining the very thing we wish to happen.

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    Re: Iran: What do you think the U.S. should do?

    Quote Originally Posted by WI Crippler View Post
    As it stands, I think the US should ratchet up international support in favor of the protestors. Should things in Iran turn towards civil conflict, I say we go in and offer overt military support to those that oppose the current regime.

    Absolutely, but with carefulo reservation. The majority of Iran's youth want their MTV, Hollywood, and free expression, but they don't want American boots on the ground. And the youth make up the majority in Iran. Whether our covert and verbal assistance pans out for them, we will have secured their good graces for the future. Contrary to what the pundits and critics wish to believe, their two neighbors have been freed from oppression and both futures have been placed in Muslim hands. They see Iraqis voting and the Afghani and Pakistani militaries actively assisting the West in their quest to rid themselves of their oppressive messes.

    Stopping this progress now for fear of upsetting those Iranian overlords who are determined to be our enemies anyway is foolish.
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    Re: Iran: What do you think the U.S. should do?

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    No country should interfer with what is a internal issue. Only Iranians can swing it one way or the other, we can only observe
    But when it threatens to affect the surrounding areas outside those borders? A Nazi Germany grew to affect the entire world. North Korea internal issues affect the entire Pacific, which draws in the U.S. And a nuclear Iran in the hands fo the current regime is a dangerous thing for many. Ultimate responsibilty lies with the citizens of that nation, but sometimes a little support from the outside goes a long way.

    Often enough times, the internal issues of some nations should be an international interest.
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    Re: Iran: What do you think the U.S. should do?

    Quote Originally Posted by GySgt View Post
    But when it threatens to affect the surrounding areas outside those borders? A Nazi Germany grew to affect the entire world. North Korea internal issues affect the entire Pacific, which draws in the U.S. And a nuclear Iran in the hands fo the current regime is a dangerous thing for many.
    Very true....but realistically what is the alternative? Saddam Hussein was at least as much of a regional threat as Iran might become once nuclearized, and unlike Iran actually took the step of invading one of his neighbors. If any nation was a fit candidate for regime change, it was Iraq; without discussing the merits of Operation Iraqi Freedom, six years of nation building as an aftermath is not a price that can be paid with regularity.

    The virtue of standing aside to see what develops is prudent. If the protesters gain significant ground, and threaten the mullahs on their own, then is the time to weigh in with material support. In this horse race, America needs to back the winning horse or not bet at all.

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    Re: Iran: What do you think the U.S. should do?

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
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    Re: Iran: What do you think the U.S. should do?

    "In other news, the CIA has lost track of 500 compact camcorders, 1,000 16gb flash memory cards, 5,000 2gb memory cards, 250 satellite uplinks, 2,000 compact digital cambers and other media recording devices on a shipment to Kuwait."

    Hmmmmmmmm

    Guns? No. Devices to pirate broadcast to the world what Iran is going through to the world? Yes.
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    Re: Iran: What do you think the U.S. should do?

    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    Very true....but realistically what is the alternative? Saddam Hussein was at least as much of a regional threat as Iran might become once nuclearized, and unlike Iran actually took the step of invading one of his neighbors. If any nation was a fit candidate for regime change, it was Iraq; without discussing the merits of Operation Iraqi Freedom, six years of nation building as an aftermath is not a price that can be paid with regularity.

    The virtue of standing aside to see what develops is prudent. If the protesters gain significant ground, and threaten the mullahs on their own, then is the time to weigh in with material support. In this horse race, America needs to back the winning horse or not bet at all.
    Hussein invaded two neighboring countries and as late as 2002 was flying military jets over Jordanian and Saudi Arabian air space. His threat was physical disrespect for his neighbors. Iran's threat involves political pressure with the backing of nuclear weapons and a history of funding terrrosit organizations. Iraq was a mess not just because of Rumsfeld, but because of the population make up. Iran stands in a much better situation and are far less divided in respects to rival tribes so recovery would not be the same as it was in Iraq.

    I completely understand your point of view and see the reality of it. But we are Americans and gambling is what we do. Our problem has always been that we sometimies choose to gamble on the safe side no matter what it does to our values and our image. We are already in this horse race and we do have a favorite. Backing the current regime because they "won" will not slow their nuclear quest. One of the very real issues Muslims in the Middle East has against America is its hypocracy to deliver freedom and equality to its own while practicing apathy or "support" towards their oppresive regimes. The "winning horse" is exactly what America did wrong during the Cold War.

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