Creating people's geographies
When General Abizaid succeeded Tommy Franks as Commander of CENTCOM in 2003, much was made of his paternal Lebanese heritage, Middle East scholarship and fluent Arabic. He claimed that he “loved” the Arab world, and he was certainly good PR for the Bush administration. His role and complicity in the greater architecture of disaster that is the US destruction of Iraq would however flatly undermine and contradict this claim, and reveal his thorough neocon conditioning. That said, some of his calm recent comments on living with a nuclear Iran are sentiments the current administration would do well to imbibe.
Retired Gen. John Abizaid, the former U.S. commander in Iraq, said all efforts should be made to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, but if Tehran did the world could live with it.
“Iran is not a suicide nation,” he said. “I mean, they may have some people in charge that don’t appear to be rational, but I doubt that the Iranians intend to attack us with a nuclear weapon.”
Gen. Abizaid said the U.S. could deter Iran from using such weapons against it. He said the Iranians know the U.S. is far superior militarily.
“I believe that we have the power to deter Iran, should it become nuclear,” he said.
Gen. Abizaid also said the U.S. has lived with a nuclear-armed Soviet Union and now Russia, as well as China and other nuclear powers. “There are ways to live with a nuclear Iran,” he said.