Is the U.S. being drawn inexorably into a war with Iran?

The American people are apparently just spectators in the matter of whether or not we attack Iran ("Is re-election driving Obama's Israel policy?" March 6).

Our politicians bend over backward to assure Israel that we will support it in a war with Iran — a nation of 79 million people and almost four times the size of Iraq.

Is there an active discussion in the news media over the probable costs in human life and to the U.S. economy that war with Iran would entail? Very little.

Is there open debate in the House and the Senate on a formal declaration of war with Iran? Of course not.

Is there any move toward some kind of national referendum on whether or not America can afford yet another war in the Middle East at this time? Forget it.

I guess we're supposed to be good citizens, sit back and watch what happens. But can we call this democracy?

Jay Hilgartner, Baltimore

Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times
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