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February 7, 2013

Colonel says U.S. on verge of war

NORMAN — Mincing no words, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson said, “We’re going to war.”

And that war, Wilkerson told a group at the University of Oklahoma on Wednesday, will be with Iran. At least that is the current path the nation is on as long as we refuse to engage in serious diplomatic exchanges with that powerful Islamic republic.

“The president has said it is unacceptable that Iran have a nuclear capability. He has said all options are on the table. That includes the military option. He has said he is pursuing the diplomatic track, and that is true. But the diplomatic track is sanctions. Sanctions. Sanctions, pure and simple.”

And sanctions, Wilkerson said, won’t work in the long run.

“If we’re not willing to negotiate, where does that leave us? It leaves us with bombing … we’re going to go to war. We’re going to drop bombs, and those bombs aren’t going to do anything but force the Iranian people to be more cohesive and force them to support their draconian government and force them to make a decision about making a nuclear weapon. They’ll go underground and they’ll do it.”

And if that is the path that is taken, he predicts they will do it in two to five years.

Wilkerson, a vocal critic of the corporate takeover of the government and wars that are waged to line the pockets of Big Oil and others, spoke to the group at a luncheon as part of a lecture series on U.S./Iran relations that is being hosted by the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies and the OU Iranian Studies Program.

Wilkerson, who served as U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell’s chief of staff during the first George W. Bush administration, was the man who infamously provided Powell with the information that he presented to the United Nations Security Council in 2003 that ultimately led to the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

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