|There is no such thing as preemptively responding to an already existing threat to your safety and well being. If a thug comes to your house, and yells to you from outside your door "Open your door or I will kill you", to which you respond with violent force, are you "preemptive" in your actions? No, the thug has clearly initiated force by threatening to kill you. No preemption there.|
Osama Bin Laden came to our door, not Iran. He's in Pakistan, a totalitarian military dictatorship we're currently supporting. Iran has made threats to us and Isreal, true, but so has North Korea, Russia, Venezuela, Cuba, Syria, etc. Where do we draw the line?
United States intervened in WW2, lead to the defeat of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.
United States intervened in Korea, lead to the freedom and economic prosperity of South Korea.
United States intervened in Western Europe during the Cold War, lead to the continued freedom and economic prosperity of hundreds of millions of free individuals.
These are very different situations then attacking Iran. We were directly attacked in World War 2 at Pearl Harbour. South Korea was invaded, we came to defend them and there was never a war in Western Europe during the Cold War, we simply put troops there and sent support. While their appropriateness is debatable, these instances of intervention were in defense, not aggression.
Since when do nuclear weapons have a return address? The awful truth is if a terrorist smuggled in a nuke and detonated it in a Western country, we would not know which country gave it to them.
Like the Bush administration has ever had a hard time making a link between an act of terror and a supposed terrorist country. Even if another country sponsored the attack, Iran would likely get blamed and they have to know this. In addition, if we're really nervous about a nuclear weapon falling into terrorist hands, our biggest concern has to be Russia and their very poor protection of those 40,000 nukes we talked our way out of getting bombed with.
It is any two-bit dictator's dream to own an arsenal of nuclear weapons. Let's get real here, we didn't need to give them any incentive to do that!
True, dictators want nukes, but would they be so willing to fight through sanctions and international pressure and turn down incentives if they didn't see the difference in how they and North Korea are treated?