Yes GH, it IS possible for Bud to be right! However, he would be right in the fashion that Neville Chamberlain could have been right. Or how unilateral disarmament might have worked if America had done so during the Cold War.
Hitler might NOT have waged war! The USSR might well have decided not to be aggressive!
Hitler DID wage war, and deserved what he got. Iran is NOT starting any way, nor do they have the capacity to start a war. What you are advocating for is perpetual war based on preemptive strikes to prevent someone from doing something that they MIGHT do in the future. The last CIA assessment is that Iran had not made the decision to go ahead with nuclear weapons.
This also sets a precedent at home as well. IF countries can get invaded for what they MIGHT do in the future, you and many others should be locked up for what you MIGHT do in the future. Guilty until proven innocent.
The difference is that when such approaches are wrong they are always FAR bloodier! Nobody picks on the BIG kid, or the one with a baseball bat! It's always the one who seems too weak to defend himself.
The USA under the guise of NATO and the UN have been going around the world with their big stick and smacking counties that cannot defend themsevles. Why have they left North Korea alone?? Right, no resources there, and they have a nuke.
Gee, if getting a nuke made countries back off from North Korea, I can see why Iran would want to try the same. Insurance.
What's more, things still come down to the cold hard fact that if people like Bud are wrong it is Israel who pays the price, NOT them!
As long as Israel pays the price all on their own. No need to bring the USA down with it. Because that will happen. Israel is all grown up now , they should be able to handle things on their own. If Iran threatens Israel, well, let Israel deal with it.
Israel could learn a thing or two from the US, maybe .. like go it alone.
You can suggest anything when you have no skin in the game yourself!
I'd rather not see another war .. but it IS going to happen. Iran is in no position to make a first strike. This I am very sure of.
All this is more replay of the same crap we saw in the lead up to the Iraq invasion. Unless we get another 9/11 (aka false flag attack .. .. sure call me whatever you want) ..... but even then, it would be suspicious. Hmmm another terror attack in the USA because people hate your freedoms?? AHAHAH. I've seen this movie before, and Hollywood loves remakes and sequals.