Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are both pushing for an Israeli strike on Iran this fall, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Friday.
Fearing that time is running out before the Iranian nuclear program reaches a point of no return in its drive to weaponize, the two may be looking to hit Iran before the US presidential elections in November, a move which could anger the Obama administration, the newspaper’s senior commentators Shimon Shiffer and Nahum Barnea wrote.
Among both the Israeli and the American leaderships, they added, there is an awareness of the possibility that an Israeli strike just ahead of the US presidential elections might embarrass Barack Obama’s administration and boost his Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
Wrote Shiffer and Barnea: “In America, many, including government officials, are convinced that the military action that Netanyahu and Barack are promoting is set to cause one thing – force America into a war with Iran against its will. Israel will need the Americans’ help.”
~ Many of us believe Obama would try to incite something like this, a war. But this is as much against Obama as it is Iran. Given all the nasty tactics this administration has up its sleeve, they may try to up Nentanyahu and ‘create a ‘Wag the Dog’ of his own. Nonetheless Bill Siegel writing today for FSM concurs:
One should never underestimate the audacity of President Obama to do anything to hold onto his presidency. It is safe to assume that, should his currently close but favorable poll numbers drop significantly, he has some critical “October Surprise” hidden away in his back pocket. Election fraud aside, some postulate that some form of pre-election adoption of (or, at least, nod to) some or all of the Simpson-Bowles Commission recommendations remains available. These same believers question why Romney does not do something similar as well.
More likely, however, the October (or September) maneuver will lie abroad; foreign policy is the natural playground for an incumbent commander in chief to manipulate. International crises tend to bring our nation together in support of the president while making it difficult for a challenger such as Mitt Romney to attack. After all, we can’t change leaders in the middle of a crisis. Furthermore, while the choice of Paul Ryan as candidate for Vice-President doubles up on fiscal issue strength, it adds little toward foreign policy expertise. Obama will likely press the issue to both distract from the economy while stressing the advantage of being in the White House. And just as Romney was careful to not criticize Obama when he traveled on foreign soil, he will be pressured from many fronts to quell campaign attacks should the country find itself in some form of actual battle.
While Obama rode the wave of anti-pre-emptive war fervor in 2008, the most critical last minute ploy, however, may be to stage some aggressive use of force against either Iran or Syria in order to further what has been a successful theme of “Obama as warrior.” The Obama campaign has been able to sell the narrative that Obama is “gutsy” and uninhibited when it comes to national security interests. The killing of Bin Laden, originally staged to occur and be announced immediately preceding a media packed White House Correspondent’s Dinner, was sold to the public as an “agonizing” decision by a uniquely gifted executive. One need only ask how the supposed “spontaneous” flash mobs of college kids that so quickly assembled to celebrate obtained that many American flags to see the fine hand of a David Axelrod storyline being sold to America.
The premise pedaled was that if he launched the operation and it failed he would risk tremendous political backlash ala Jimmy Carter’s desert debacle in Iran. In reality, he faced greater political fallout if he failed to act ala Bill Clinton who decided not to pull the trigger during the Lewinsky affair. Nonetheless, with the media in his pocket and swooning surrogates, Obama’s campaign was able to turn a “no brainer” into the signature courageous act of the new century.
The use of drones, the continuation of Guantanamo facilities, and the continuation of the Afghanistan war have also all been postured as acts of a concerned president even when they conflict with the core principles of his base. And by craftily narrowing the definition of our enemy to al Qaeda alone, Obama’s handlers have even made the case that he has already effectively won the war so that a post election withdrawal no longer appears the sign of weakness it once did. Nor is timing allowed to interfere with Obama’s political agenda. Significantly, it has been alleged that the 2010 “printer bomb” announcement was delayed and timed for maximum effect in the interim elections.
Iran is not the only stage on which Obama can pull off the pre-emptive display. Syria could function as well. Obama has curiously suppressed US action in Syria until such time as the Muslim Brotherhood forces have had time to gain momentum under the guidance of Obama’s adviser and political director of the Syrian National Council. While quick to infuse himself into the Egyptian and Libyan conflicts, if even behind NATO cover, Obama has curiously delayed turning up the heat in Syria until it is most advantageous electorally to him.
As the election moves closer and Obama’s poll numbers fail to pick up, we are likely to see the stage enabled so that the critical decision can be made: not whether to actually secure US interests but whether some elaborate pre-emptive display of force is necessary to pull through November. After all, while Obama is anything but “gutsy,” he is certainly electorally savvy. All that is left is the intrigue: what will the surprise be?
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~ So I guess the conclusion is although we support getting rid of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Patriots back Israel, it JUST may be Obama doing something before Israel can. Hmmm, kinda like, earthquakes…But don’t count Morsi and Egypt out, unless goodness sake, Obama IS supporting the MB.
Gosh knows how many ME countries Obama will pick from. Get an idea HERE
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