Iran and Pakistan are the two states that pose the biggest threat to the U.S. and the rest of the world. North Korea ranks a close third and should be dealt with by China, South Korea and Japan, not by us.
But we should be ready to shoot down any North Korean missile that appears to be heading our way. We should continue to push in the United Nations for stronger and stronger sanctions against North Korea, and we should push the Chinese as hard as we can to influence North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program.
What we shouldn't do is give North Korea one more penny of free food or anything else with money that we have to borrow from China. We must allow other nations to shoulder the burden of dealing with North Korea.
We can't allow Iran to possess any atomic weapons that could destroy Saudi Arabia or Kuwait, Iraq or other sources of oil that keep our country running now. I bet you thought I would say we have to protect Israel. I think that we are backing Israel into a corner by our foreign policy that seems to accept the fact that Iran will obtain nuclear weapons.
Perhaps the U.S. State Department actually has learned some Machiavellian moves and is intentionally giving Israel no way out but to unilaterally attack Iran with the full knowledge that Iran would threaten our ships in the Persian Gulf and we could then finish off the job using self-defense as an excuse. This is an elegant plan and is most likely not what the Foggy Bottom people are planning. But we could end up like that.
Iran has a president, backed by the theocrats who put him in office, who denies the Holocaust and threatens to destroy Israel almost every day while disparaging President Obama on a regular basis. It's strange how the media and the left wing in the U.S. for the most part are supportive or at least not antagonistic to Obama's new war in Afghanistan, while being against any action against Iran, a country that is a much bigger threat to us and the world at large.
Pakistan deserves our full attention, too. It has many nuclear devices, and our aim should be to have Pakistan and India agree to a nuclear disarmament pact. The enmity between India and China would be an obstacle to any Indo-Pakistani deal, but we must try to get this done.
Pakistan, not Afghanistan, is where we need to make a stand. Pakistan has the nukes, and Pakistan has a vast network of religious schools that train people to become terrorists. On the other hand, a large part of Pakistan's population isn't fundamentalist and would like to see a moderate form of Islam practiced within a democratic system of government.
It is Pakistan where the world's democracies and even the monarchies of the Middle East should expend their time, energy and money to create a Pakistani state without nuclear weapons and where very devout Muslims and more moderate western-leaning Muslims can live together in peace without constant bombings and killings.
Turkey comes to mind as a nation trying to accomplish this balance coming from the opposite point of view of an extremely secular state now trying to become a more religious state. Therefore, I say let's get out of our costly war in Afghanistan and start dealing with other nations on the problems of Pakistan and India.
Matt Horween is a certified public accountant and former commissioned U.S. Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Agency for International Development from March 1981 to March 1998. He served in Burkina Faso, Senegal, Egypt, Honduras, and Barbados and spent about 15 years overseas. He ended his career stationed in Washington, DC as the Financial Controller for the Bureau that controlled the foreign aid program for Europe including all of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union and its former Satellite Countries. Horween also worked as an auditor for Price Waterhouse & Company in New York City and held various financial management positions for several publically listed corporations. Early in his career, he served as a Radio Intercept Analyst for the U.S. Air Force Security Service and was stationed in Greece. Horween graduated with honors from the CCNY, Baruch School of Business Administration and was Editor in Chief of the "Accounting Forum." He received the Haskins Award Silver Medal from the New York State Society of CPA's for the second highest grade on the May 1969 NYS CPA Examination. Since his retirement, he has served as the Acting Controller of the Clark County Library System and a large PVO in Las Vegas, NV.