War is a weapon of mass destruction and should be avoided at all costs. Diplomacy backed by a very powerful army and the will to use it to ensure total annihilation of one's enemy is a very effective tool.
But, for diplomacy to work, even under the above description works only when your enemy fears destruction. I think AQ, Iran and other radical Muslims do not fear death and destruction. So, diplomacy is not really an option.
Further, war should only be waged when it is for the benefit of our country. We should not be the world's police nor should we be the ultimate truth and right sowing democracy upon barren ground.
Afghanastan was right; Iraq is wrong. Yes, it makes sense to take the battle to the enemy, but when you fight a war, you fight it in a manner that kills as many of the enemy as you can and reduce your causalties.
When you wage war against a country the entire country must be your enemy. To do otherwise compromises your tactics. We are fighting on the ground in Iraq when we should have just bombed the country into submission and then moved onto the next battle in the war on terrorism.
In wars there are many battles, but one war. Here we are engaged in the war of terrorism and in the war in Iraq. Iraq should have been just a battle to fight and not a war unto itself.
On the subject of Iran - first why can't they have nukes? Are we God deciding who can have nukes and who can't? We have them, Europe has them, Pakistan and India have them so why can't Iran?
Do I think it is a good idea for them to have them? No! They are our enemy. What we need to do is to be truthful to ourselves. Admit that we have no right to dictate to Iran, but that we believe we are morally superior to them, that they are our enemy and we will do what WE believe is in our best interest.
Nothing wrong with that attitude, but if we adopt it, then we should be honest about it.
And, why do we have to fight a traditional war? Why don't we use a drone to explode a small nuke by one of their power plants? Cause chaos and destruction and let the world believe it was a nuke accident caused by Iran?
Sure some people are squirming right now - my goodness he is a mad man to suggest such a thing. No, I am just honest and pragmatic.
If we believe that Iran's nuke program is bad for our country, if we believe they will not bow to international power and that war may be inevitable, then why not use the most advanced technology and war strategies to achieve our goal and minimize US causalties?
It is clear to me that the first thing we need to do is to end our dependence on foreign oil. Until we do that we can't really negotiate effectively with the "pusher man."
I am sure I've written plenty here for everyone to disagree withy