Iran reported Monday that it successfully test-fired its most advanced and powerful medium-range missiles as part of war games it said were intended to deter the country’s enemies. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps tested the Shahab-3 and Sejil missiles in the third phase of a two-day exercise called The Great Prophet IV, state-run news media reported. The missiles are believed to be capable of striking Israel, U.S. military targets in the Middle East and parts of southeastern Europe. …- Iran Test Fires Most Advanced Missiles
Liz Cheney’s going to love this one. The “red state rock star,” as she was called at the “Smart Girls Summit,” Mrs. Cheney is taking her place among the leaders of the Republican Party, as I predicted a long time ago. It goes to her motto:
“We can’t win if we don’t fight,” Ms. Cheney said, noting that she was taught that lesson years before “by a great American, my dad, Dick Cheney.”
It won’t matter that Gates has been emphatic: “There is no military option that does anything more than buy time.” The only hope is that the Iranian government comes to the conclusion that their security is diminished by going nuclear. Anyone taking bets on that one?
But seriously, could there be a worse idea than regime change? From the WSJ:
It is, therefore, in the American interest to break with past policy and actively seek the overthrow of the Islamic Republic. Not by invasion, which this administration would not contemplate and could not execute, but through every instrument of U.S. power, soft more than hard. And if, as is most likely, President Obama presides over the emergence of a nuclear Iran, he had best prepare for storms that will make the squawks of protest against his health-care plans look like the merest showers on a sunny day.
The author Eliot A Cohen, teaches at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, which doesn’t say much for that department. There is nothing “advanced” about the notion of regime change in Iran, though it’s an idea Dick Cheney championed, which is likely something his daughter will also embrace.
Maybe the GOP’s new “it” girl, Liz Cheney can be the spokesperson on this, because regime change seems to be right down her alley.
Netanyahu and his champions are going to love it.