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Just say no to war with Iran

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How fitting! On this year's Veterans' Day we're learning about the next war in the Middle East ("Iran and the bomb," Nov. 11). Now it's Iran that's in the crosshairs. In my opinion the Pentagon has become "too big to fail," and lessons from the recent banking debacles should be applied.

Americans were tricked into a costly war with Iraq, and we're still bogged down in God-forsaken Afghanistan. Our extra-Constitutional military action in Libya was unacceptable, and the U.S. "global police force" is obscene. When will the American people have the guts to say "Enough!"

Sadly, President Obama is in the thick of things — pressing China and Russia to intervene in the Iran situation, while at the same time reining in the war dogs of Israel. Most intelligent Americans should have serious suspicion when reports surface about weapons of mass destruction in an unfavorable nation. The red herring of Iran's nuclear bomb program needs to be seen as nothing more than a run up to the next American Middle East war.

Tragically Congress has sidestepped its duty under Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution and has allowed the executive branch to decide when and how this nation goes to war. Furthermore, I don't consider hiding behind the NATO umbrella an excuse for military adventures. Anyone who has studied recent NATO involvements will find out it is the United States that always does all the heavy lifting.

Thank you, Baltimore Sun for "heads up" about our next expensive, mindless, bloody adventure.

Rosalind Nester Heid, Baltimore

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