Germany: War With Iran Can’t Be Ruled Out
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  • The Drill SGT

    The Germans ultimately understand that a “diplomatic” option is most effective if there is an alternative on the table that is less “diplomatic”.

    They and the French also were embarrassed at being strung along by Iran in the previous EU led talks.

  • S P Dudley

    If the freaking Germans say we might have to go to war with Iran to stop them from getting a bomb, then we have a serious problem.

    If I were the Iranians, I would start accelerating any attack plan to as close to now as possible, before Syria collapses and a GOP candidate becomes the next US president. If US troops are out of Iraq at the end of the year it might be a hot January in the region.

  • Yahzooman

    Ms. Merkel has put her big boy pants on now.

    Germany is taking the lead in Europe and even Poland has called for an engaged Germany.

    I’m buying Krupp stock (now ThyssenKrupp AG).

  • SDN

    To quote David Weber in the Honor Harrington series: “Even the best diplomats operate on credit. Sooner or later someone will call in the marker, and if your military can’t cover the note, you lose.”

  • Joe

    When the Germans stop Siemens and the Mittelstand from exporting to Iran they’ll be serious, until them I’m skeptisch.

  • biff

    Easy for the Germans to say. their military can barely protect their borders. Heck, they couldn’t project any power unless the US provides all the air transport, coordination and supply lines.

  • Bohemond

    How nice of the Germans to volunteer American blood and treasure.

  • tomw

    Just how do Iran and Germany have a war what with all those countries between them in the way? March across the Dardanelles? EuRail pass? Camels?
    Rattle rattle rattle… Oh, that’s just my saber making noise… Don’t pay any attention.


  • Georgiaboy61

    Re: “But I say very clearly that even those who want to put the focus on diplomatic efforts cannot entirely rule out a military option…” Minister Missfelder’s remarks are to be welcomed, because the free world and Europe need a more assertive Germany. National Socialism was a very long time ago; today Germany is a leader among free nations – and should help lead on that basis. Iran poses much more of a threat to Europe than America, given Europe’s proximity to Iran, and the short flight time of a missile from the ME to the continent.

    The other reason Germany has a moral obligation to help solve the Iran crisis is that she herself permitted German firms to sell advanced technology and machinery to Tehran for use in that nation’s atomic weapons program – thereby endangering the civilized world.

    As other commentators have correctly noted, Germany would need the help of NATO to mount effective action outside of the continent, so this comment may be “all bark and no bit”… time will tell.

  • willis

    “How nice of the Germans to volunteer American blood and treasure.”

    How nice of the Germans to make it clear to the Iranians, as well as any potential supporter, that they will not stand in the way of President Gingrich when he seeks to stop the homicidal, suicidal, Islamic Jihidist Iranians from blackmailing or blowing up the world with nuclear weapons.

  • M. Report

    Sooner or later, perhaps in the case of Iran,
    it will be made painfully clear to the rulers
    of Third World nations that First World nations no longer need march an army into enemy territory, and accept even minor
    casualties, in order to enforce their
    diplomatic decisions; They will simply
    send in the Assassination Droids.

  • RebeccaH

    Things must be heating up in Iran, if even Europe is on board with stopping them.

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    Wow, the Germans are feeling frisky. And did you see the Honor Harrington quote in the comments? That is so COOL!
    “Even the best diplomats operate on credit. Sooner or later someone will call in the marker, and if your military can’t cover the note, you lose.”

  • Where’s Harry Flashman when you need him? He could solve this in a month!

  • BigSoph

    Come on, be serious! You know that Europe will turn tail when there is a Republican in the WHite House and their previously aggressive stance will be memory holed

  • Any Western government willing [call for mass extermination of a group of persons intensely disliked by the poster deleted –ed]

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