How the US is using trade sanctions and other means to curb the oil exports of its foes.
A diplomatic solution is possible.
The one key way in which Romney's foreign policy differs from Obama's.
Going on the offensive has only made us more vulnerable.
Pre-emptive war flagrantly contradicts the UN's legal framework.
The terrorism war begins to sag.
The perpetrator we were meant to bag
Remains at large, and wartime fervor fades.
Then Bush and all his hawkish White House aides
Drop sanctions as the way to tame Iraq
And say, "Without delay, we must attack."
If that war sags, there's still a backup plan.
It's war without delay against Iran.
And when the zest for that war, too, has faded?
That's easy: North Korea gets invaded.
But then it's hard to think of what to do.
Destroy Bahrain? Bomb France? Invade Peru?
Fighting terrorism requires new thinking but not a US imperial role.
If the Bush Administration has its way, Iraq will be the first test of its new doctrine of pre-emption. To adopt such a destabilizing strategy is profoundly contrary to our interests and endangers our security.