In his article, David S. Broder, covers the issues such as the economy, Obama’s run in 2012, and what he can do to save it. Can you guess what one of those things is? War with Iran. He says:
What else might affect the economy? The answer is obvious, but its implications are frightening. War and peace influence the economy.
Look back at FDR and the Great Depression. What finally resolved that economic crisis? World War II.
Here is where Obama is likely to prevail. With strong Republican support in Congress for challenging Iran’s ambition to become a nuclear power, he can spend much of 2011 and 2012 orchestrating a showdown with the mullahs. This will help him politically because the opposition party will be urging him on. And as tensions rise and we accelerate preparations for war, the economy will improve.
I am not suggesting, of course, that the president incite a war to get reelected. But the nation will rally around Obama because Iran is the greatest threat to the world in the young century. If he can confront this threat and contain Iran’s nuclear ambitions, he will have made the world safer and may be regarded as one of the most successful presidents in history.
Broder may not be saying that we “need to incite war with Iran”, but it is either by his ignorance or maybe something else, but “inciting” is what the government does best. We’ve heard the excuse that Iran is a threat to peace in the region and the world, and that they are in the process of getting WMDs. But where did we hear this before? Oh yes, Iraq.
During the 90s, Saddam Hussien’s Iraq was broke, and in the process of sanctions imposed by the United States and the United Nations; a destitute Iraq was put into an already perilous situation made worse by the warmonger foreign policy. Sanctions don’t kill dictators, just the innocent.
Broder’s opinion that Obama could make this world safer is a fallacy. Case in point; there was no al-Qaeda in Iraq before 9/11 or invasion; it was only when we went there that they came to fight us. So spreading the “war on terrorism” to Iran would only broaden al-Qaeda’s reach and its reason to fight us. Not to mention what Iran’s allies (China and Russia) would do. In short: I think that an attack on Iran would launch the Mid-East into a WWIII.
America may support this conflict, but Americans need to know that any such action taken on part of the United States would merit vicious attacks from al-Qaeda. And the machinery of the military industrial complex moves on.