Apparently, for members of Congress, and the entire rightwing, preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon is of less importance than denying them mutual respect. And, for that, they will trigger a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.
Before embarking on another adventure to pacify the region, the United States must understand several basic facts that seemed to have eluded the architects of the war of 2003 -- an invasion that ultimately set Iraq up for its present dilemmas.
As we take our first steps towards the sea in a landscape almost as wild as it was in J.W. Powell's day, the thrill of the journey ahead, the thin mountain air and the landscape all leave me exhilarated.