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The World is Misreading Obama on Iran (Obama Might Nuke Iran)
Foreign Policy ^ | Friday, November 4, 2011 | David Rothkopf

Posted on 11/08/2011 9:40:32 PM PST by nickcarraway

The government of Iran, much like many across the Middle East, believes that the Obama administration is so consumed with a desire to undo the wrongs of the Bush era and get out from under the costs of two difficult, hard-to-justify wars in the region that it would never intervene against them militarily. Iranian leaders seem to believe that the United States would not risk another war in the region just to stop their development of nuclear weapons.

The government of Israel, also worried that its number one ally has lost its appetite for complex entanglements in the region, seems to think that by playing the Iran card it can goad the U.S. into action that will restore the bonds between the two nations. Israeli leaders believe that they can translate their perception of Iran as an existential threat against them and a brazen, rising regional hegemon into a new renewed U.S. commitment to the region and closer ties with Israel.

Both are wrong.

According to the U.K. newspaper the Guardian, which has an extraordinary package of stories on the growing Iran risk and the escalation of that risk associated with an upcoming International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report that will reveal game-changing progress by Iran in its efforts to gain nuclear weapons capabilities, even America's closest allies in Britain believe "President Obama has a big decision to make in the coming months because he won't want to do anything just before an election." Wrong.

(Excerpt) Read more at rothkopf.foreignpolicy.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Germany; Israel; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; Russia; United Kingdom; War on Terror
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1 posted on 11/08/2011 9:40:35 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

If only Nixon could go to China, only Obama could nuke Iran. You sort of need the Nobel Peace prize to have enough gravitas to perform such an act.


2 posted on 11/08/2011 9:42:55 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: nickcarraway
who writes this crap? I don't recall when I've seen any foreign policy analysis so wrong on so many levels. This is breathtakingly wrong.

Now, having said that... I agree that only Obama COULD nuke Iran and get away with it politically. But it ain't going to happen and this analysis is simply full of crap on practically every paragraph.

3 posted on 11/08/2011 9:47:04 PM PST by Lloyd227 (Class of 1998 (let's all help the Team McCain spider monkeys decide how to moderate))
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To: nickcarraway
Obama Might Nuke Iran

BS. To nuke anyone you must have cojones, and our president has proven ... he has none. Moochell mayhap, but she is not president.

4 posted on 11/08/2011 9:48:36 PM PST by doc1019 (If Romney is our choice, I refuse to vote.)
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To: nickcarraway

Obozo will likely resort to some kind of “Wag the Dog”.

Iran? I doubt it. He would never nuke his muzzie brothers. Especially the basis for the califit.


5 posted on 11/08/2011 9:51:45 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: nickcarraway

Zero knows only one play on the Iranian situation. It is the punt.

There will be no military action to stop Iran from gaining nuclear weapons, there will be talk, talk, and weak, useless sanctions at the most.

Our president is a coward AND he, like all Democrats, has no interest in actually doing anything to forward American interests.


6 posted on 11/08/2011 9:52:09 PM PST by A message (The concern trolls are very,very concerned.)
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To: nickcarraway

Obama bowing before the king of Saud would indicate to me, if he’s Muslim, he’s Sunni.

So yeah, it would be no problem for him turning Iran into a sea of glass.


7 posted on 11/08/2011 9:55:06 PM PST by Jonty30
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To: nickcarraway

Right, and Curtis LeMay was a Quaker pacifist.


8 posted on 11/08/2011 9:58:11 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: nickcarraway
Somehow, I'm unimpressed with Mr. Rothkopf's opinion.

For example...

From a domestic political perspective, right now Obama's strong suit is his national security performance.

Who but a whacked-off academic believes that? Or this...

That said, it would be a mistake to think this President would make such a cynical analysis. Should he act on an issue like this, he will do so without making any political calculus.

This President is all about making self-serving cynical political analyses.

Iran and their impending nuclear capability are a vital issue. It deserves better than this nattering drivel.

9 posted on 11/08/2011 10:01:34 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Jonty30

I agree. Obama is unbalanced, I can see him nuking Iran to hold onto the presidency. He got away with Libya. That didn’t do much for him in the polls. What effect does Libya have on us? Iran is a different story.

If we start seeing the media talking about the dangers of a nuclear Iran, I’d take that as a sign. Especially if Hillary looks like she’s going to replace him as the candidate for 2012.


10 posted on 11/08/2011 10:06:17 PM PST by meatloaf (It's time to push back against out of control government.)
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To: nickcarraway

Never happen. Not from the administration that turned the War on Terror into an “overseas contingency operation” and redefined terror attacks as “man-caused disasters”.


11 posted on 11/08/2011 10:33:24 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: nickcarraway
Thanks. On an evening of gloomy political news that article was laugh-out-loud funny. When did the AZ Conservative get a new nom de plume?
12 posted on 11/08/2011 10:43:54 PM PST by FredZarguna (I think this friendly approach has been what 0's already been trying for nearly three years...)
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To: Jonty30

Then after that, we elect a Shiite president :-)


13 posted on 11/08/2011 11:12:03 PM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide

lol


14 posted on 11/08/2011 11:17:55 PM PST by odds
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To: nickcarraway

I´d like to see the Kenyan heap nuclear destruction on Iran. It would be very educational, I´m sure.


15 posted on 11/08/2011 11:35:23 PM PST by onedoug (lf)
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide

Do you know which Osama belonged to?


16 posted on 11/08/2011 11:40:03 PM PST by Jonty30
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To: onedoug

Just pay attention to your local Emergency Alerts. ;o)

17 posted on 11/08/2011 11:41:58 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: nickcarraway

Nick, where in this article does it suggest that 0bama might nuke Iran? I read the whole thing and saw nothing even hinting at that.

The headline is misleading.

Quite frankly, it has always been my contention that the only way to halt Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, let alone regional hegemony, is to drop one or more nukes on them. Iran is in the same grip of fanatical megalomania as were the Japanese prior to the end of World War II and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It took the atomic bombs to literally produce some old school ‘shock and awe’ to smack the Japanese out of their militarist ways.

Iran is in fact, even more fanatical in that their political leadership is seized by Islamic fantasies about the ‘Mahdi’ climbing out of whatever well he’s been hiding in, to return (with Jesus alongside him no less) to wipe out ‘Allah’s enemies, destroy Israel, whatever bullshit it is they have embraced, and being that the entire country is Islamic, even the adherents of that death cult of a ‘religion’ are easily swayed by the more radical practitioners of those beliefs.

10 megatons on Tehran, 5 on Tabriz (the Assahollah Khomeini’s hometown) and 5 on Qom. THAT is the nuclear trifecta that will permanently remove those Persian pricks as any significant force on the world stage.

Unfortunately, 0bama would never take such action. In my opinion, he is secretly hoping Iran WILL drop a nuke on Israel, and considering how recent revelations (due to an open microphone with that joker Sarkozy) have proven that 0bama effectively despises Bibi Netanyahu, the only thing we will see as the mushroom cloud appears over Tel Aviv is a semi-solemn 0bama before the cameras, scripted by the TOTUS as always, ‘condemning’ the Iranian action and pledging to press for further ‘sanctions’ at the U.N. (’Useless Nations’).


18 posted on 11/09/2011 12:02:59 AM PST by mkjessup (I stand with Herman Cain, a God-fearing, Jesus-loving, Constitution-honoring PATRIOT.)
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To: mkjessup

The “open mic” gaffe was done on purpose. Sarkosky and Obama want to distance themselves from the upcoming Israeli attack, even though they have both assisted in the preparation.

Obama is glad to have Israel take this responsibility off his hands.


19 posted on 11/09/2011 12:08:14 AM PST by SaxxonWoods (.....The days are long but the years are short.....)
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To: doc1019

The real question might be, would he nuke Iran if he thought it would get him enough support to win the 2012 election?


20 posted on 11/09/2011 12:47:31 AM PST by The Bard (http://www.myfbc.com)
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