Politics, Plain and Simple

Graham, Clinton Call for Regime Change in Iran
September 21, 2010, 11:00 AM
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According to the Miami Herald, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said yesterday that he supports a U.S. invasion of Iran and institution of regime change as a last resort to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb.  Sen. Graham likens the situation to Pandora’s box, saying that he would rather open the box than have it emptied by Iran’s development of a nuclear weapon.  Sen. Graham would also prefer the United States invade Iran, because our military is much stronger than Israel’s.

Lindsey Graham, Senator, Amy Klobuchar, Senato...While I agree that it would be bad to put a nuclear weapon in the hands of Iranian President Ahmadinejad, I think it would be a much worse thing to start another war.  While support for our allies in the region is important, starting a war while we are still at war in Afghanistan, still have troops in Iraq, and have a fragile situation in Korea to worry about, is a very bad idea.

Remember what happened in 2003 when we started a regime change war with Iraq?  We did so many things wrong and created an insurgency that still exists today.  While we assume the people of Iran dislike Ahmadinejad, we also thought that about Saddam. Then, a few years later, the people started hating American forces worse and essentially switched sides.  What’s to stop the people of Iran from turning on us?

Iran is a youthful nation, with many you adults who are very out spoken and even revolutionary.  Why not just aid them in over-throwing their own government?  That’s exactly what Secretary Clinton suggested yesterday.  ABC News quoted Secretary Clinton saying “I can only hope that there will be some effort inside Iran, by responsible civil and religious leaders to take hold of the apparatus of the state.”

That effort may need a nudge, and the United States is in a great position to do that.  A ‘nudge’ could consist of many different methods of instigating a youth movement to enact regime change, including clandestine operations from our black ops folks.  This would avoid another war, and ultimately protect soldiers’ lives and citizens’ dollars.

Oh, and talking could work too.


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The White House (Washington DC)

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My first week in Washington, DC has opened my eyes to what most refer to as “the real world”.  The professionals in this city are just that: professional.  I have spoken with many interesting people in my first week here and have learned a great deal about a variety of topics.  I learned about city life, job hunting, networking, legislating, lobbying, and more.

The first thing I was met with when I arrived, and am constantly reminded of, are the constraints and restrictions that come with both renting and apartment and living in the city.  Some restrictions are written down, such as how many people are allowed in a room or not being able to consume food and drink on the Metro.  Other rules, perhaps the more important ones, aren’t written at all.  These are the unspoken rituals; consisting of unwritten codes of conduct, constraints, rules, and schedules of Washingtonian life.  One that I knew before from my many visits to this city is the walk left, stand right escalator rule.  This is possibly the most important rule to know when commuting or traveling in DC.  After that, important, unspoken rules include: dress nicely at all times (this is a professional city, after all), walk quickly wherever you go (preferably with a cup of coffee in one hand and a briefcase in the other), don’t wait for the walk/stop sign to change before walking, don’t walk in the middle of the sidewalk, and always have business cards at the ready.

My internship is very interesting.  I intern for The Potomac Advocates, a lobbying firm in Washington, DC for DoD and Homeland Security related fields.  I do a good bit of research in these fields as well as preparing presentations, reports, and distributing pamphlets for lobbying purposes.  It is very challenging at times, and I learn something every day.  I hope the rest of my internship is as exciting and challenging as I hope it will be.

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