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Is the Republican party the party of war? Pat Buchanan opines on the blood lust that continues to the theme of every Republican candidate short of contrarian Ron Paul.

Denouncing “bluster” about with , President Obama went on the offensive Tuesday:

“Those who are … beating the drums of should explain clearly to the American people what they think the costs and benefits would be.”

The president had in mind such remarks as those delivered to the Israeli lobby that same day: “The red line is now … because the Iranians are deepening their commitment to nuclear weapons” — an assertion the Joint Chiefs and U.S. intelligence agencies say is blatantly false.

They insist: has not made the decision to build a bomb.

Perhaps the president was referring to ’s pledge to that same cheering throng to “station multiple carriers and warships at ’s door” and deny Tehran even “the capacity to make a bomb.”

But if “the capacity to make a bomb” means knowledge of how to build one and an ability to enrich uranium to bomb-grade, should they decide to do so, already has that.

Does Mitt want now?

Perhaps the president had in mind ’s call for U.S. air strikes on Syria, an act of rejected even by GOP Speaker John Boehner as “premature,” since the “situation in Syria is pretty complicated.”

Have the uber-hawks learned nothing from the for which they beat the drums 10 years ago?

Then they told us Saddam Hussein was implicated in 9/11, that he had chemical weapons, that if we didn’t invade his country we could expect anthrax attacks by Iraqi crop-dusters up and down our East Coast.

Those who asked for proof Saddam was a mortal threat were dismissed by Condi Rice: “There will always be some uncertainty about how quickly Saddam can acquire nuclear weapons. But we don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.”

The price of our heeding that bluster? Some 4,500 American dead, 35,000 wounded, $1 trillion sunk, 100,000 Iraqi dead, half a million widows and orphans.

The fruits of our victory? A Shia-dominated Iraq descending into sectarian and civil war.

The GOP’s political reward for marching us up to Baghdad?

Loss of both houses of Congress in 2006 and the White House in 2008, when the antiwar Obama crushed the war hawk McCain.

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