Planning for War with Iran
Responding SECDEF Bob Gates’ statement that “nobody is planning — we are not planning for a war with Iran,” Michael O’Hare observes, “Not planning for a war is not at all the same as planning not to have a war.”
Quite true. Indeed, even if we’re planning not to have a war with Iran–which I hope is true–I would sincerely hope we would be planning for war with Iran. Circumstances could quickly change, making war the least bad option. Failure to do detailed planning for that contingency would be irresponsible indeed.