By Doug Bandow
President Barack Obama isn’t doing too well in the polls. So Daniel Pipes offers some friendly advice: start another war!!
Not only does a strong majority – 57, 52, 58, 61, and 61 percent in these five polls – already favor using force, but after a strike Americans will presumably rally around the flag, sending that number much higher.
Fourth, if the U.S.limited its strike to taking out Iran’s nuclear facilities and did not attempt any regime change, it would require few “boots on the ground” and entail relatively few casualties, making an attack more politically palatable.
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. It would sideline health care, prompt Republicans to work with Democrats, and make the netroots squeal, independents reconsider, and conservatives swoon.
Great idea. Delay rather than stop the Iranian nuclear program. Trigger retaliation in Iraq against U.S. troops and in the Gulf against Western shipping. Encourage proliferation by making clear around the world that only possession of nuclear weapons can protect you from U.S. bombing. Wreck Iran’s democracy movement. Reinforce hostility against America from even moderate Muslims who see continuing attacks on Islamic states and movements. And start another war likely to continue for years in one form or another.
But heck. President Obama could look forward to a temporary rise in popularity. Starting another war even would make conservatives “swoon”! The latter should give any president that old “bombing feeling.”
Maybe not, however. After the debacle in Iraq and growing mess in Afghanistan, one would hope that presidents and lawmakers have learned that it is easier to start wars than end them. And the conclusion rarely is the grand victory that the ivory tower warriors expect.
Doug Bandow, American Conservative Defense Alliance
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