Ok, all good stuff. Admiral Mullen is a smart man doing a good job afaik - see his recent comments on Afghanistan/tribal areas of Pakistan and chances of victory....the United States is "very ready" to counter Iran should it make a move, the top U.S. military officer said Saturday.Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sought to reassure Persian Gulf nations nervous that an increasingly militarized government in Iran might try to start a war.
But here's what I would have said:
The U.S. is not solely responsible for stopping a nuclear weapon-armed fanatical, extremist religious Iran. That effort starts in YOUR local mosque. It starts in the editorial room of Wikileaks. It starts in the Kremlin. It starts in the backroom deals of money-contributing Saudis, Qataris, Bahrainis, Syrians and Jordanis. It starts in French business offices. It takes a world united. It takes China helping us stop North Korean proliferation. It takes political will in Washington, D.C. - never an easy thing in the best of circumstances.
The U.S. will continue to try to make the Middle East a safer, more progressive and human rights-conscious place. We will never stop fighting for freedom and self-determination. But we can only do so much against so many enemies. Especially when so many people contribute money to questionable causes - during the Hajj and otherwise. Not that all such money contributions during the Hajj eventually go to terrorist causes, but some do and we need YOUR help to stop this flow of money. We need every law-abiding, upright and righteous citizen of the Middle East that wants American troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan to help us stop the flow of terror-supporting money and fighters into those countries, and their help to stop the flow of money and technology and fast attack boats and cruise missiles into Iran.
We can't do it alone. We call on the citizens of the Arabian Gulf to help us help you. And we call on you to talk about this in your local mosque, in your cafe, in your local not-quite-free press and in your press conferences. It's time to shed some light and transparency on this subject in official terms, Wikileaks or no Wikileaks be damned.