You can count on Pat Buchanan to dish out the reality that most want to ignore, and I generally applaud him for that. But this time, he’s serving up more reality than I can handle:
Republicans already counting the seats they will pick up this fall should keep in mind Obama has a big card yet to play.
Should the president declare he has gone the last mile for a negotiated end to Iran’s nuclear program and impose the “crippling” sanctions he promised in 2008, America would be on an escalator to confrontation that could lead straight to war.
And should war come, that would be the end of GOP dreams of adding three-dozen seats in the House and half a dozen in the Senate.
If you’re president of the United States — or a calculating monster concerned only about keeping his grip on power (yes, I’m repeating myself again) — war is the perfect solution. The leftists will cheer on the overthrow of a regime that denies civil rights to women and homosexuals. Andrew Sullivan, who’s almost as obsessed with regime change in Iran as he is with Sarah Palin, will break out the rainbow flag beside Old Glory, and will once again cheer on the Pentagon’s crusade for homosexual liberation.
Imagine pro-war, any war Sarah Palin standing arm-in-arm with Andrew Sullivan as both salute the troops. War does that with former foes.
And of course the chickenhawk Neocons will giggle in anticipation of mass mayhem prepared just the way they like it, far away, and against much weaker Muslim victims. As Buchanan notes in the same article:
Daniel Pipes in a National Review Online piece featured by the Jerusalem Post – “How to Save the Obama Presidency: Bomb Iran” – urges Obama to make a “dramatic gesture to change the public perception of him as a lightweight, bumbling ideologue” by ordering the U.S. military to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Citing six polls, Pipes says Americans support an attack today and will “presumably rally around the flag” when the bombs fall.
Pipes is right, of course. Already, I can hear Rahm Emanuel whispering in his boss’ ear, “Wag that dog, Obama.”