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It’s time to take on Iran directly

The U.S. should seize the opportunity, destroy Iran’s nuclear program and watch the regime crumble.

Iran says its air-launched Asef cruise missiles, unveiled in February 2023, can hit targets at a range of 1,025 miles. Source: Twitter.
Iran says its air-launched Asef cruise missiles, unveiled in February 2023, can hit targets at a range of 1,025 miles. Source: Twitter.
Joseph Frager
Dr. Joseph Frager is a lifelong activist and physician. He is chairman of Israel advocacy for the Rabbinical Alliance of America, chairman of the executive committee of American Friends of Ateret Cohanim and executive vice president of the Israel Heritage Foundation.

World War II officially began on Sept. 1, 1939 when Germany invaded Poland. But some might contend that it actually began in March 1938 when Germany annexed Austria. Others would say it began with the Munich Agreement; an appeasement pact orchestrated by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain that allowed Germany to annex Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland region in September 1938. As a result of his catastrophic misstep, Chamberlain has gone down in history as the “Great Appeaser.”

However, the U.S. did not enter World War II until the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Many lives could have been saved had the U.S. entered the war earlier.

The killing by an Iran-provided drone of Staff Sgt. William J. Rivers, Spc. Kennedy L. Sanders and Spc. Breonna Moffett—along with the wounding of over 30 other American troops—in Jordan should have been a “Pearl Harbor” moment. So far it has not proved to be one. The retaliatory strikes the U.S. has undertaken are, at best, pinpricks.

President Joe Biden must finally realize that Iran has to be neutralized by regime change. There have been previous opportunities for this, but the U.S. and its allies did not take them. I wish they had.

Today, America has no choice but to take out Iran’s nuclear capabilities and watch the regime crumble.

There are many benefits to confronting Iran head-on. All of Iran’s proxies will go into hiding. Hamas will be finished, Hezbollah will be broken and the Houthis will be routed. Rather than acting like Neville Chamberlain, Biden should have acted like President Franklin D. Roosevelt after Pearl Harbor and seized the moment. The world would be in a better place today if Biden had done so.

What are we waiting for? The time has come to act. America has allowed Iran to not only advance its nuclear program to the point of being weeks away from developing a nuclear weapon, but has also permitted Iran to develop ballistic missiles with a range of 1,243 miles and a 3,300-pound warhead. Iran can now strike Israel and U.S. targets in the region.

Although Israel can do the job of destroying Iran’s nuclear program, it currently has its hands full dealing with the war against Hamas. As the leader of the free world, America should finally bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities. After more than 150 strikes by Iranian proxies against American troops since mid-October 2023, the shutting down of Red Sea shipping by Houthi attacks and then the deadly drone strike against American troops in Jordan, America has total justification to take on Iran directly. We are running out of time. Iran has been allowed to plague the world for far too long.

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