Lee Fang of The Intercept is attending the gaggle of Republican presidential hopefuls currently attending a party gathering in New Hampshire and strutting their stuff, hoping to win the affection of voters in the state the holds the first primary election, even though it will not be held until January 2016. He rounded up some of their reactions to the suggestion put forth by freshman senator Tom Cotton (R-Israel) that it would be easy to get rid of Iran’s nuclear weapons in a bombing campaign that lasted just “several days”.
I can understand governments having secret war plans to meet any and all contingencies. But it always amazes me how openly American politicians talk in public about bombing or invading or otherwise attacking other countries. They don’t seem to think it at all unseemly or downright weird. In fact they are very casual about it, as if they are discussing what to have for lunch.
Imagine the uproar if the top leaders in (say) Russia at a public meeting openly discussed the merits of bombing Ukraine or top Chinese politicians did something similar with regard to Taiwan.
Our politicians are like a gang of high school bullies talking among themselves in the presence of a victim as to whether they should beat him up or not, secure in their confidence that the victim cannot strike back.