The article “Bomb Iran” surprised me (Opinion, April 21). Can Josh Block be serious in proposing that President Joe Biden agree to attack Iran to destroy their nuclear and military capabilities? In 2002, President George W. Bush designated Iran, Iraq and North Korea as an axis of evil that needed to be restrained. It was at the time an accurate description of the dangers that were developing in the world. Unfortunately, the only action that was taken was the invasion of Iraq, ironically the only country named that was not acquiring a nuclear capability.
We have had three presidents since then, who have recognized the dangers presented by Iran but have avoided taking military action to curtail Iran’s activities. President Barack Obama even led an international consortium to sign the JCPOA [the Iran nuclear deal], which was an attempt to slow but not stop Iran’s acquiring nuclear warheads. President Donal Trump talked a good talk, but despite withdrawing America from the JCPOA agreement did not take any further action to prevent Iran from continuing to enrich uranium closer to bomb levels.
We now have President Joe Biden who, as Josh Block acknowledges, has demonstrated weakness in the Afghanistan withdrawal, in the assistance to Ukraine, in the application of sanctions to Russia and one could add in creating the chaos of uncontrolled immigration at the southern U.S. border. There is no way such a weak president could even contemplate taking military action against Iran. Even if such action was contemplated, the level of success is uncertain because in the 20 years since Bush made his announcement, America has made little effort to enhance our offensive capabilities, while Iran has made significant efforts to hide and harden their nuclear facilities.
Josh Block has made an emotional appeal to take military action against Iran, on the grounds that the world has changed with new alliances between China, Russia and Iran. Their cooperation is not new, it is merely more overt and more clearly anti-American. We have wasted decades as our security has deteriorated, but it would not be enhanced by the actions Block suggested.