Colonel Sam Gardner
The End of the “Summer of Diplomacy”:
Assessing U.S. Military Options in Iran
September 2006 (pdf document)
Courtesy of billmon

When I discuss the possibility of an American military strike on Iran with my European friends, they invariably point out that an armed confrontation does not make sense — that it would be unlikely to yield any of the results that American policymakers do want, and that it would be highly likely to yield results that they do not. I tell them they cannot understand U.S. policy if they insist on passing options through that filter. The “making sense” filter was not applied over the past four years for Iraq, and it is unlikely to be applied in evaluating whether to attack Iran.

and from Digby:

It’s becoming more and more evident that Bush’s war on terrorism consists of getting the country sucked into middle east quagmires and institutionalizing random torture, endless detention and warrentless wiretapping of Americans. I feel so safe.