“Here is an idea for Barack Obama to salvage his tottering administration by taking a step that protects the United States and its allies,” begins neoconservative scholar Daniel Pipes. “He needs a dramatic gesture to change the public perception of him as a light-weight, bumbling ideologue, preferably in an arena where the stakes are high, where he can take charge, and where he can trump expectations.”
“Such an opportunity does exist,” Pipes writes. “Obama can give orders for the U.S. military to destroy Iran’s nuclear-weapon capacity.”
Pipes is a longtime pro-war hawk who has been particularly vociferous in his calls for a “special scrutiny” of Arab Americans. The liberal blog ThinkProgress notes that Pipes ran a campaign against a New York City public school focused on teaching Arab culture, successfully forcing the school’s principal to resign.
Pipes references 9/11’s catalyzing impact on voter enthusiasm for former President George W. Bush, and says Obama could get the same boost by starting a new conflict with the Persian state.
“Just as 9/11 caused voters to forget George W. Bush’s meandering early months, a strike on Iranian facilities would dispatch Obama’s feckless first year down the memory hole and transform the domestic political scene,” he writes.
“It would sideline health care,’ he continues, “prompt Republicans to work with Democrats, make netroots squeal, independents reconsider, and conservatives swoon.”
In response to a growing belief that Iran is developing a nuclear weapons program, the US has stepped up its defense in the Gulf. President Obama recently sent ships and missiles to the Gulf region, a move Iran derided as a “puppet show.”
New Yorker journalist Seymour Hersh revealed in 2007 that the Bush administration had a highly developed plan that would involve “surgical [air]strikes” on suspected Iranian nuclear facilities. He wrote that the US was “beefing up intelligence resources within the CIA and shifting its rhetorical campaign in a bid to win support from the American people should the strikes proceed.”
The drive toward an Iranian strike was so strong, Hersh later suggested, that Bush and Cheney were willing to go against their own party.
“Cheney and Bush don’t give a rats ass about the future of the Republican Party when it comes to this,” Hersh told MSNBC.
Pipes’ post was first highlighted Tuesday by ThinkProgress.
Black couple’s marriage proposal party interrupted multiple times by white security guards accusing them of theft
According to a report at WHEC, a black couple who drove to a park where the man intended to propose were interrupted and harassed three times by security guards who accused them of stealing a T-shirt at a gift shop.
In a Facebook post, Cathy-Marie Hamlet explained that she and her fiancé, Clyde Jackson, were sitting at a table outside the Angry Orchard gift shop when a female security guard approached them and accused Jackson of stealing the shirt and asked to check his pockets.
Prime Minister Imran Khan claims Pakistani intelligence led CIA to bin Laden
Pakistan's main spy agency provided the US with a lead that helped them find and kill Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, Prime Minister Imran Khan said Monday.
Pakistan has until now officially denied having any knowledge of the terror chief until he was shot dead in a night time raid by US special forces on May 2, 2011, an incident that was a major national embarrassment and caused ties between the two countries to plummet.
Khan, who is visiting Washington on his first official trip, made his claim in an interview with Fox News when he was asked whether his country would release a jailed doctor whose fake immunization drive helped the US track and kill bin Laden in 2011.
MSNBC’s Morning Joe wants to know why Mueller went easy on Don Trump Jr: ‘Why wasn’t he investigated?’
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said special counsel Robert Mueller had some big questions to answer to assure Americans that the rule of law still existed.
The "Morning Joe" host asked NBC News reporter Carol Lee about her new report asking why Donald Trump Jr. had not been questioned as part of the special counsel probe, and h laid out the biggest questions facing Mueller ahead of his congressional testimony.
"There are only three questions that most Americans want the answer to," Scarborough said. "Was there obstruction, was there collusion and would Donald Trump have been indicted had he not been the president of the United States? Those are three pretty simple questions, but I don't think he'll -- I don't think you'll get the answers tomorrow, sadly."