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'locked and loaded' on terrible idea when it comes to Iran

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By Ann McFeatters

WASHINGTON _ No. No. No. No.

We are not going to war with Iran. Not if rationality has anything to do with it.

We are an energy independent nation, not a mercenary military force called out to put our sons' and daughters' blood on the line to retaliate for strikes against oil fields in Saudi Arabia, with which we have no military treaty. Conducting military operations against Iran for Saudi "reimbursement," as Donald Trump proposed, is a terrible idea.

We have been at war in the Middle East for 18 years. Thousands of lives lost, thousands more ruined. Enough. We have gained nothing. We must not go down that road again. (The definition of insanity? Doing something over and over again, expecting a different outcome.)

Trump's ridiculous tweet and Vice President Mike Pence's sycophantic insistence that the United states is "locked and loaded" _ to do whatever Saudi Arabia asks of us to get even with Iran for missile and drone strikes against Saudi oil fields _ make no sense.

"Locked and loaded" is a firing-range term meaning a weapon is ready to fire. For a president who pledged to get us out of Iraq and........

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