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Mitt Romney's New American Century: Its Frightening Implications for America

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It's long since been time for the United States to speak to this regime in the language it understands--force....So we can stop talking. Instead, we can follow the rat lines in Iraq and Afghanistan back to their sources, and destroy them. We can strike at the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and weaken them. And we can hit the regime's nuclear weapons program, and set it back. Lest the administration hesitate to act out of fear of lack of support at home, Congress should consider authorizing the use of force against Iranian entities that facilitate attacks on our troops, against IRGC and other regime elements that sponsor terror, and against the regime's nuclear weapons program.

Clearly, the FPI is looking forward to war in Iran, and it is entertaining an all-out, full-scale war, not simply an attack on its nuclear weapons program,. Indeed, Kristol, who was a chief architect of the Iraq war (and who still blames the Iranians for the 9-11 attacks) would have Congress declare war on Iran even if the current President refused. In fact, one of the PNACers on the Romney/Ryan advisory team, Elliott Abrams, has already called for Congress to vote on authorizing war with Iran.

Keep in mind that these rumblings of war with Iran are coming from the movers and shakers of Team Romney, and from the same war lords that brought us to war in Iraq. This bellicose assembly has already proven that it means business and it is now the foreign policy wind beneath the sails of a potential Romney administration. It would therefore be highly unlikely that a Romney administration would attempt diplomatic solutions or impose further sanctions against Iran. Instead it is poised for war.

It is beyond reasonable doubt that the United States cannot presently afford to be plunged into another war. It is deep in domestic problems not the least of which is unemployment. Spending billions on a war in the Middle East is what landed us in this position in the first place. Yet this is what we can reasonably expect from a Romney administration. Romney's claim to having a viable plan for economic recovery is meaningless if it includes a war in Iran. And it is worse than meaningless if it includes a failed militaristic and dehumanizing ideology that treats us all as pawns in a game of power, control, and world domination. Yet this is just what a Romney administration would portend.

Elliot D. Cohen is the author of many books and articles on media and government, including Mass Surveillance and State Control: The Total Information Awareness Project (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011). His latest article is "The Information War" in Censored 2013 (Seven Stories, 2012).

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Elliot D. Cohen, Ph.D. is a political analyst and media critic. His most recent book is Technology of Oppression: Preserving Freedom and Dignity in an Age of Mass, Warrantless Surveillance(Palegrave Macmillan, 2014.) He is a Fellow at the (more...)

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