Is a Vote for Rudy a Vote for War?

Rudy Giuliani has made a


not to allow Iran to acquire a nuclear capability,
even if it requires U.S. military action. Though the
U.S. Army is scrimping to meet recruitment goals, Rudy
has pledged to add at least 10 new combat brigades.

Speaking to an Atlantic Bridge
conference in London, Rudy called for NATO expansion to
include Japan, India, Australia, Singapore and Israel.
Has Rudy thought this through?

Why would


, each of which already has a U.S.
commitment to come to its defense, commit to go to war
with a nuclear-armed Russia if it invaded Estonia? For
joining NATO would require them to treat an attack on
Estonia, or any other NATO nation in Europe, as an
attack upon themselves.

Why should the United States commit to
war for

, which has territorial conflicts and has
fought wars with


? What vital interest is it of ours who
holds Kashmir? As for Israel, are American boys now to
fight Hezbollah and Hamas?

While FDR talked to Stalin, Ike and JFK
to Khrushchev, and Nixon to Mao, Rudy

would not talk to
any  enemies

"bent on our destruction or those who cannot deliver on
their agreements."
Would he be even-handed in
the Israeli-Palestinian dispute? Answers Rudy,
"America shouldn`t be even-handed in dealing with … an
elected democracy … and a group of terrorists."

If Rudy rivals McCain as the hawk`s hawk
in the Republican race, the foreign policy advisers he
has signed up make the Vulcans of Bush look like

Howard Zinn
and Ramsey Clark. Arnaud de Borchgrave
titled his column about them "Dogs of War."

Team leader is Charles Hill, a co-signer
of the Sept. 20, 2001, neocon ultimatum to Bush, nine
days after 9-11, warning the president if he did not
attack Iraq, his failure to do so "will constitute an
early and perhaps decisive surrender to the war on
international terrorism."

Yet Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11.

A second member of Rudy`s team is Martin
Kramer, an Israeli-American who, according to Ken
Silverstein of Harper`s, "spent 25 years at
Tel Aviv University and whose Middle East policy can
basically be summarized as, `What`s Best for Israel?`"
Silverstein calls Rudy`s eight-man advisory group

"AIPAC`s Dream Team"
— AIPAC being the Israeli
lobby, two of whose leaders go on trial in January for

espionage against the United States

According to The New York Times,
another key Rudy adviser is Daniel Pipes, "who has
called for profiling Muslims at airports and
scrutinizing American Muslims in law enforcement, the
military and the diplomatic corps."
Hawks Help to Develop Giuliani Policy
, By
Michael Cooper And Marc Santora, October 25, 2007]
Another is AEI`s Michael Rubin, "who has written in
favor of revoking the United States` ban on

Best known of Rudy`s advisers is Norman
Podhoretz, who wrote in June,

"The Case for Bombing Iran"
in Commentary,
thinks we are in

"World War IV"
and writes that "as an
American and as a Jew, I pray with all my heart"

Bush will bomb Iran. Podhoretz sees us at Munich in 1938

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
as Hitler.

"Like Hitler,"
writes Podhoretz, Ahmadinejad "is a revolutionary
whose objective is to overturn the going international
order and to replace it in the fullness of time with a
new order dominated by Iran and ruled by the religio-political
culture of Islamofascism."

Time to return to Planet Earth.
Ahmadinejad is not only

jeered at Columbia
but at colleges in Tehran. He is
openly attacked by rivals. He does not control the
Iranian Revolutionary Guard. He does not decide on war
or peace. He runs a regime with 2 percent of U.S. gross
domestic product, no nukes and no navy or air force to
rival ours. He is a Shia in a Sunni world. How is this 5
foot, 4 inch Persian going to strong-arm the United
States, Russia and China, not to mention an Israel with
300 nukes, into his "new order"?

After the axis-of-evil speech
threatening war on Iraq, Iran and North Korea, Podhoretz
wrote that Bush had not gone far enough.

The "regimes that richly deserve to
be overthrown … should extend to Syria and Lebanon and
Libya, as well as `friends` of America like the Saudi
royal family and Egypt`s Hosni Mubarak, along with the
Palestinian Authority."
After toppling them all,
wrote Podhoretz, as he mocked the "timorous …
incorrigibly cautious Colin Powell,"
let`s find
"the stomach to impose a new political culture on the

Bush found the stomach. Near 4,000
Americans are dead, 27,000 wounded, Walter Reed is full,
and Norman is looking for new wars. On a recent

National Review cruise
he ranted that

was an "amazing success," "a triumph. It
couldn`t have gone better.
" As for Saddam`s WMDs,
they were secretly "shipped to Syria."

After meeting with his candidate,
Podhoretz emerged happy to assure us, "There is very
little difference in how he [
Rudy] sees the war
and I see it."
If true, a vote for Rudy is a vote
for endless war.

And, as James Madison said, wars are the
death of republics.



Patrick J. Buchanan

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State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and
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