By Jon Soltz s
Our organization, www.votevets.org, is in a fight to hold politicians accountable for flawed military strategies and blatant disregard for veterans’ issues.
We owe the success of our Body Armor ad to the amazing response it received on the blogs.
What I really want to focus on today, is the launch of a joint initiative between VoteVets.org and Ret. General Clark’s WesPAC: StopIranWar.com. We’ve produced a series of Video Blogs that examine how a war with Iran will affect U.S. Security, our troops in Iraq, and the overall stability of the Middle East.
The media spotlight on Iraq lately has featured the escalation as a central issue, when the more pertinent question we should be asking is about the looming confrontation with Iran. The push to send more troops into Iraq is directly related to what has become a proxy war with Iran. The administration is bolstering our military presence in Iraq in a vain attempt to create temporary security in the area, to create military leverage with Iran.
Anyone who’s fought in Iraq or studied the conflict at all has known, since the invasion, that Iranian involvement has increased inside Iraq. What we want the American public to understand is that by removing Saddam Hussein's regime, the U.S. administration has enabled Tehran to grow their influence in Iraq. We should be holding the Bush administration accountable for strengthening Iran, inside of Iraq.
Instead of allowing the administration to control the debate on why we should fight Iran, we should be grilling them about how their failed policies are responsible for the fact that Iran poses a larger threat now than it did 6 years ago. We should not only be asking why we should or shouldn't attack Iran, but even more importantly, why has the administration waited six years to respond to this issue?