Talking is better than bombing

Chuck Kurtz

Chuck Kurtz

Third District Congressman Kevin Yoder, R-Kansas, says he has “grave concerns” about the nuclear deal negotiated in Geneva, Switzerland, between Iran and the P5+1 — the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, which includes the United States, plus Germany.

If that’s a surprise to anyone, well, you better pull your head out of the political sand and  get back into the real world because the political BS just never ends.

Ending a 35-year stalemate with Iran, the six-month pact dials back Iran’s ability to work toward a nuclear weapon and at the same time loosens the choke hold of international sanctions on Iran’s economy.

It’s not a jump-up-and-down deal that’s going to rock the ages. But it’s a crack in the negotiating process that could lead to a more stable Middle East. (You can start playing John Lennon’s Give Peace A Chance song here.) And if this process goes well and as more sanctions against Iran are lifted, that could allow Iran to rev up its oil production to full capacity, which would lead to falling gas prices at the pump in the United States and around the world.

Talking, to me, seems to be more of a sound decision than dropping bombs and killing people. Just sayin’.

But Republicans don’t seem to agree. And Yoder dutifully is following along in lockstep with his party’s political rhetoric.

Now, to my way of thinking, if this had been an agreement negotiated by President Bush or any other Republican president, Republicans would be touting this as a positive step towards peace and it would be the Democrats spewing the “grave concerns” talking points.

Seems as though I recall that, as we went to war in Iraq to destroy their non-existent WMD’s and as Bush rattled off his list of axis of evil countries, North Korea was openly and defiantly developing a nuclear weapon, which Bush nor any politician from either party did anything about because of China.

Having been in combat, I strongly believe that talking and negotiating is much more preferable to shooting and killing.

Perhaps if it was a requirement that ALL elected officials must serve at least 2 years in the military before running for office, perhaps then they would agree that talking is preferred over shooting, bombing and killing.

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