Force against Iran? "We have the manpower and resources to invade Iran?!" Hipster is the only one who's thinking logically about this issue.
There's a difference between thinking logically and thinking soundly.
You can be completely logical and be 100% wrong -- if you're basing your argument on poor information and assumptions.
You're arguing that we dont have the resources for a general invasion of Iran, with the objective as the toppling of the current government, ala Iraq 2003. An invasion of Iran, with the objective of taking away its ability to develop nukes, doesnt necessitate such a thing.
Iran's economy is ready to collapse...high unemployment and an ever growing disastisfied youth culture.
Then maybe scanctiond will work.
Of course, there are questions:
-Will Russia/China allow meaningful sanctions?
-Will Iran react to sanctions by cutting off oil to Europe?
Iran cannot make nukes and face economic sanctions and have a prayer of keeping their economy afloat. If the economy falters, the leaders of Iran will be out of power...something they do not want.
These are examples of 'poor assumtions' upon which one might base a valid, but unsound, argument.
New research suggests the cost of war in Iraq could reach 2 trillion dollars for the United States, and yet we have some of you proposing bombing runs into Iran, which will most certainly require additional ground forces, and further alienate the rest of the world against the U.S., and increase our obscene debt, and only serve to further strengthen Iran's resolve to pursue nuclear weapons, and do little to delay their ability to achieve their ends.
-Whats the cost of NOT stopping Iran?
-Why, if the western world supports action against Iran, would the world be 'furthern alineated' against us?
-Why would our actions 'do little to delay their ability to achieve their ends'?
Our only hope is a unified response with our allies to show Iran the consequences of pursuing nuclear ambitions, and the promise to help their nation economically if they agree to open inspections and peace.
You argue these things wont work.. and then you argue they're our only hope?