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

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

    At this current moment we should just offer verbal support for the Iranian people and let this pan out one way or the other. If we were to get involved at this stage it would be a disaster.

    If the government puts the thumbscrews on the people, I think limited overt measures should be taken as mediation, possibly protection of the people. Not just by the US though, but a coalition of the willing.
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    Re: Iran: What do you think the U.S. should do?

    Quote Originally Posted by GySgt View Post
    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.
    Good points.

    However, there is also the very real concern that premature backing of the protesters could de-legitimize them in the eyes of the muslim world. They need to prove themselves, prove they are the real deal, before any come rushing to their aid. Backing the protesters too soon could strengthen the mullahs' hand not just in cracking down on the protesters but in their dealings with their Mid-Eastern neighbors.

    I doubt there's much uncertainty as to whether or not America overall wants the mullahs overthrown--and I doubt Khamanei is unaware of this. That's why I wish Dear Leader were taking a clearer stand on the principles of democracy; without giving direct endorsement of the protesters, speaking to American democratic values and using the seminal documents of American democratic traditions, he can show common cause with the protesters, giving them much needed encouragement, while at the same time building a case for direct support if and when their movement reaches that level of maturity.

    As it stands, the US is merely reacting to events, and has not articulated a clear stand on anything regarding Iran. That is certainly no help to the protesters, while undermining America's own capacity to deal with the mullahs should they survive. It is a lose-lose-lose strategy.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    Good points.

    However, there is also the very real concern that premature backing of the protesters could de-legitimize them in the eyes of the muslim world. They need to prove themselves, prove they are the real deal, before any come rushing to their aid. Backing the protesters too soon could strengthen the mullahs' hand not just in cracking down on the protesters but in their dealings with their Mid-Eastern neighbors.
    "Spoken" like a thinker. I agree, of course. One of the things we placed on the shelf since 9/11 was our talent to behave with political precision. This is a careful situation. The Iranians have to do for themselves and it has to appear to the rest of the Muslim world as if they made the decisions all by themselves. Our immediate involvement could be as simple as secretly supplying the crowds with sattelite phones and video cameras. Of course, our equipment is all "Made In China" so the source would be confusing enough.

    I believe America's path in the "Post-Cold War" should be to serve the needs of the oppressed underneath the governments we have been accustomed to dealing with for so long. But we have to do it carefully and with their expressed wants.


    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    I doubt there's much uncertainty as to whether or not America overall wants the mullahs overthrown--and I doubt Khamanei is unaware of this. That's why I wish Dear Leader were taking a clearer stand on the principles of democracy; without giving direct endorsement of the protesters, speaking to American democratic values and using the seminal documents of American democratic traditions, he can show common cause with the protesters, giving them much needed encouragement, while at the same time building a case for direct support if and when their movement reaches that level of maturity.
    Absolutely.

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

    Our gov should set up a covert opperation to kill the President of Iran and his closest men....

    Perhaps stage a suicide bombing framing Al-Queda
    Last edited by creativedreams; 06-21-09 at 03:13 PM.

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