For the last few years the warhawks in this nation have been seemingly salivating over the idea of war with Iran. John McCain famously "sang", "Bomb, bomb, bomb. bomb Iran" to the Beach Boys "Barbara Ann".
Several reason have been floated as to why we need to attack yet another sovereign nation that is not threatening our way of life or our freedoms, one of the most popular is the notion that they are developing a nuclear bomb.
There is just one small, little problem with that notion. There is not proof that they are attempting to build a bomb or any proof that they want to build a bomb.
Stephen Walt pointed out in a blog that he has up on Foreign Policy's website that even their military strength just is not there to seriously threaten any other country or attempt to invade. Invasion has been one of the other linchpins in why we need to act on Iran. It was predicted several times that once we finally left Iraq, Iran would come in right behind us and take over the country.
Poll after poll has shown that Americans not only are not in favor of action against Iran they do not favor any type of action anywhere in the world (they even want troops out of Afghanistan than military leaders have proposed). So, why, with the vast majority of Americans against a war with Iran would some out warhawk political leaders be banging the drums so hard for war? It is really simple. Oil. It has nothing to do with who or who is not the leader. It has nothing to do with perceived threats. It has nothing to do with stopping a country from developing a nuclear weapon. It has to do with the oil reserves that Iran has. Pure and simple.