Is Iran a few months away from a having a nuclear weapon?
Last night's republican debate was filled with questions about Iran and possible US military action that may be taken against them. There was debate on whether or not they are close to having a "nuke" or whether or not it's our duty to make sure that they don't have one. Representative Michele Bachmann had a strong debate in that she appeared stronger and took aim at other candidates and challenged them on their controversial positions. One part of the debate included her telling Ron Paul that he was being completely irresponsible for saying that we have no business promoting war with Iran and that they are not close to having a nuclear weapon. She stated that an IAEA report came out recently that stated that they are months away from producing a military weapon. Ron Paul became visibly frustrated and stated that there was no such report and that she had been mislead by the report. The actual report summarizes that they believe there is credible evidence to support that Iran has carried out activities relevant to the development of nuclear weapons. No where in the report does it state that Iran is months away from developing one of these weapons. Bachmann was either mislead by the report or was purposely trying to mislead the public and take a typical republican stance on National Security within the last several years. Ron Paul continually states that he fears we are replaying a scenario like we did when we invaded Iraq. Jumping the gun in fear that something might happen has proven to be a huge mistake. He also claims that the fact is, it is the United States constant occupation of other countries that has angered the radicals and caused retaliation. This does not sit well with many republicans who have completely grasped the idea of radical muslims are solely in existence to kill american's. Ron Paul states that if the reason that radical's attack us is because of our freedom and prosper then why do they not attack Sweden or Switzerland? The Iowa polls are very soon and time will tell where the republican party stands on these issues. I believe the overall feeling of Americans is that the war on Iraq was a mistake and are going to be less likely to jump into a war with Iran without much more solid evidence that we need to do so.