Barack Obama says that Iran will be have the equipment and material necessary to produce a single nuclear weapon in about a year from now. The Republicans quibble with that prediction. “The Israelis believe it’s going to be sooner than that,” said Republican U.S. Representative Mike Rogers this weekend. Rogers thinks it might be sooner than a year before the Iranians could make one nuclear weapon.
Of course, such predictions about imminent Iranian nuclear weapon production have been made before. They’ve always proved false so far. It may well be that Iran, even if it develops the capability of making a single nuclear weapon, may well not make one at all.
One thing we know about nuclear weapons is for certain. The United States has them – tons of them – literally, tons of nuclear weapons. The United States invented nuclear weapons, and is the only nation to use them – to destroy two cities filled with civilians.
I’m not saying that it’s a good thing for Iran to develop nuclear weapons, if that’s what it’s trying to do. I do mean to suggest, however, that the United States of America does not have a strong moral footing for engaging in a military attack against Iran in order to prevent the construction of a nuclear weapon there.