Obama in 2004: Surgical airstrikes might be necessary to stop Iran from going nuclear

posted at 4:30 pm on March 18, 2012 by Tina Korbe

BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski finds that, once upon a time, Barack Obama thought surgical airstrikes should be among the potential means to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Much of what Senate candidate Obama said about Iran in a 2004 interview with the editorial board of The Chicago Tribune sounds familiar — then as now, he emphasized economic sanctions, for example — but some of it does not:

“The big question is going to be, if Iran is resistant to these pressures, including economic sanctions, which I hope will be imposed if they do not cooperate, at what point are we going to, if any, are we going to take military action?” Obama asked.

Given the continuing war in Iraq, the United States is not in a position to invade Iran, but missile strikes might be a viable option, he said. Obama conceded that such strikes might further strain relations between the U.S. and the Arab world.

“In light of the fact that we’re now in Iraq, with all the problems in terms of perceptions about America that have been created, us launching some missile strikes into Iran is not the optimal position for us to be in,” he said.

“On the other hand, having a radical Muslim theocracy in possession of nuclear weapons is worse. So I guess my instinct would be to err on not having those weapons in the possession of the ruling clerics of Iran. … And I hope it doesn’t get to that point. But realistically, as I watch how this thing has evolved, I’d be surprised if Iran blinked at this point.”

Today, it’s Benjamine Netanyahu who does all the talking about launching air and missile strikes against Iran’s nuclear program, while Obama continues to push for a diplomatic solution. No doubt about it, though: A diplomatic solution is probable in proportion to the perceived sincerity of Bibi’s threats. The rhetorical backup Obama unwittingly provided Netanyahu in 2004 might be of benefit in the same way.

Note that Obama even then thought international opinion should be a prime consideration when it came to what to do about Iran, though. “My instinct would be to err on not having those weapons in the possession of the ruling clerics of Iran,” he said, as though it might be equally reasonable to err on the other side. That he would even think it might be worth it to allow those weapons into the ruling clerics’ hands for the sake of sycophantic praise from a war-weary world is troubling. Surely security should always be the most important of foreign policy considerations.


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aw c’mon that expiration date has long since passed.

RealMc on March 18, 2012 at 4:33 PM

The danger Iran poses really does depend on where Obama is in his (re)election cycle.

Igor R. on March 18, 2012 at 4:33 PM

What a far left marxist.

libfreeordie on March 18, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Note that Obama even then thought international opinion should be a prime consideration when it came to what to do about Iran, though.

“Thought”??? Said. Which has noting to do with what he thought.

Igor R. on March 18, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Peace in our time!

KOOLAID2 on March 18, 2012 at 4:35 PM

obama is a liar, a fraud, a closet case, and will stand with his muslim brothers should the political winds shift in an ugly dierection or some bulls__.

GhoulAid on March 18, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Fraud.
Opportunist.
Moron.

Tim_CA on March 18, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Gutsy talk.

rob verdi on March 18, 2012 at 4:37 PM

His position is evolving

tomas on March 18, 2012 at 4:38 PM

The danger Iran poses really does depend on where Obama is in his (re)election cycle.

Igor R. on March 18, 2012 at 4:33 PM

…and you know that will have major play in any decisions made! It’s all slowly blowing up…and he’s hoping it doesn’t happen before the election..Egypt, Syria, Libya…

KOOLAID2 on March 18, 2012 at 4:39 PM

What does Critical Race Theory say about Iran?

Igor R. on March 18, 2012 at 4:39 PM

…and you know that will have major play in any decisions made! It’s all slowly blowing up…and he’s hoping it doesn’t happen before the election..Egypt, Syria, Libya…

KOOLAID2 on March 18, 2012 at 4:39 PM

That’s the problem with the idiot Muslims: they can’t stop rioting long enough to give their main defender a chance.

Igor R. on March 18, 2012 at 4:41 PM

And in this corner, Ron Paul supporters who are diametrically opposed to any weapon of expanding gas and shrapnel. In this corner, all the Ron Paul described “NEOCONs” who are just itching for a chance to teach them a lesson. In the third corner, empty where we expected Hot Air liberal trolls to defend President Obama’s preemptive war strategy after harping on Bush’s for eight years. And in the last corner, reasonable people who are cautiously concerned about what might happen when a madman get’s a nuclear weapon.

hawkdriver on March 18, 2012 at 4:42 PM

In 2004 Barack Obama was talking through his pants and more interested in saying what he thought >50% of the people wanted to hear. Having no experience commanding anything even remotely related to a military force and having never been the executive in charge of anything, it would be very easy for him to say stuff like that.

That’s just Barry leading from his behind, or something.

crosspatch on March 18, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Let’s not get all wee weed up about Iran, it’s a tiny country.

Igor R. on March 18, 2012 at 4:43 PM

“it’s a tiny country”

Not that tiny. Imagine a country the size of Texas with a terrain as rugged as Wyoming.

crosspatch on March 18, 2012 at 4:45 PM

That’s just Barry leading from his behind, or something.

crosspatch on March 18, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Or, Barry being led by his behind.

BobMbx on March 18, 2012 at 4:45 PM

What a far left marxist.

libfreeordie on March 18, 2012 at 4:34 PM

You seem to think that far left marxism is about world peace and unicorns. The application of military force has been used many, many times by marxist countries.

chemman on March 18, 2012 at 4:47 PM

It was probably all that loose talk of war that caused gas prices to rise.

Jingo95 on March 18, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Well, just for clarification, most liberals think it’s time for “diplomatic solutions” up until the point the bomb drops on their house.

ButterflyDragon on March 18, 2012 at 4:48 PM

“it’s a tiny country”

Not that tiny. Imagine a country the size of Texas with a terrain as rugged as Wyoming.

crosspatch on March 18, 2012 at 4:45 PM

I was just combining two famous Obama quotes.

Igor R. on March 18, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Great one, Hawk !

pambi on March 18, 2012 at 4:48 PM

In October 2012, with Obama trailing Romney by 10 points, surgical air strikes are inevitable.

Basilsbest on March 18, 2012 at 4:49 PM

You seem to think that far left marxism is about world peace and unicorns.

Isn’t that the promise? Later on when everyone begins to notice its a bunch of crap, thats when force is used….for the people of course.

BobMbx on March 18, 2012 at 4:49 PM

It was probably all that loose talk of war that caused gas prices to rise.

Jingo95 on March 18, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Let’s not even discuss war, so that Obama can win reelection and then raise gas prices, as is his stated goal, in a slow, responsible manner.

Igor R. on March 18, 2012 at 4:50 PM

The application of military force has been used many, many times by marxist countries.

chemman on March 18, 2012 at 4:47 PM

And often on their own populations.

AZCoyote on March 18, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Are you naive enough to believe any of Barry’s street corner cons?

galtani on March 18, 2012 at 4:52 PM

You seem to think that far left marxism is about world peace and unicorns.

Isn’t that the promise? Later on when everyone begins to notice its a bunch of crap, thats when force is used….for the people of course.

BobMbx on March 18, 2012 at 4:49 PM

In the struggle for world peace both people and unicorns usually die.

Igor R. on March 18, 2012 at 4:52 PM

BobMbx on March 18, 2012 at 4:49 PM

You do have a point. Utopians never consider that there will be many that don’t want any part of their utopia.

chemman on March 18, 2012 at 4:52 PM

BobMbx on March 18, 2012 at 4:49 PM

You do have a point. Utopians never consider that there will be many that don’t want any part of their utopia.

chemman on March 18, 2012 at 4:52 PM

That’s one of the problems. The other two is that they fail quickly, and by the time they fail some crazed maniacs are already running the show and will not give up their position peacefully.

Igor R. on March 18, 2012 at 4:54 PM

AZCoyote on March 18, 2012 at 4:51 PM

History is full of examples of exactly that. Progs always dismiss it tritely with a “few eggs need to be broken to make an omlet.”

chemman on March 18, 2012 at 4:55 PM

AZCoyote on March 18, 2012 at 4:51 PM

History is full of examples of exactly that. Progs always dismiss it tritely with a “few eggs need to be broken to make an omlet.”

chemman on March 18, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Unfortunately people rarely learn by other people’s mistakes. Otherwise, it’s hard to explain the whole Obama phenomenon.

Igor R. on March 18, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Back when “surgical airstrikes” might even have had some utility.

J.E. Dyer on March 18, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Progs always dismiss it tritely with a “few eggs need to be broken to make an omlet.”

chemman on March 18, 2012 at 4:55 PM

They cannot conceive of someone not wanting an omelet, or anything made with eggs. People who want pancakes are counter-r e v o l u t i o n a r i e s.

BobMbx on March 18, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Back when “surgical airstrikes” might even have had some utility.

J.E. Dyer on March 18, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Is “decapitation” a form of surgery?

Igor R. on March 18, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Iran would never have become a threat if Rick Santorum was President.

The whole problem with Iran is religion. They’ve got too much of it, and it’s the wrong one. Only Santorum, of all the candidates, understands this. He knows religion has a major impact.

If the Iranians were Christians, they would not be threatening Israel. If the Iranians were Jews, they for sure would not be threatening Israel. If the Iranians were Hindus, like they are in India, they would be doing something peaceful, like tech support.

See? It always boils down to religion.

Emperor Norton on March 18, 2012 at 5:03 PM

If Bibi has seen this I might imagine he is laughing his head off? Bibi knows bho hasn’t the guts to do squat? Presidenten is hard isn’t it bho? Gotta deal with what you said years ago and make sure everyone who funds you are not all bent out of shape from your statements?
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letget on March 18, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Back when “surgical airstrikes” might even have had some utility.

J.E. Dyer on March 18, 2012 at 4:57 PM

I think he evolved his thinking on this. It is now known as “air raiding villages” which, ironically, has become a pretty awesome option at the WH.

BobMbx on March 18, 2012 at 5:08 PM

The danger Iran poses really does depend on where Obama is in his (re)election cycle.

Igor R. on March 18, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Little Bammie clearly doesn’t want the uncertainty in a political sense to mess up his reelection campaign, but do we have any idea what the effect would be? Let’s say that tomorrow he led a strike on Iran with Israel participating. Would that be good or bad for his reelection?

I am also hoping that Israel does what is best for Israel’s security, with no regard for what Bammie wants. I’ve even heard some say that Prime Minister Netanyahu should strike at the worst possible time for Bammie. If Israel strikes Iran on her own, would that hurt his chances for reelection, or God forbid, might it help him?

slickwillie2001 on March 18, 2012 at 5:08 PM

In October 2012, with Obama trailing Romney by 10 points, surgical air strikes are inevitable.

Basilsbest on March 18, 2012 at 4:49 PM

No doubt about it. Also in October, watch out for a few SEIU/OWS “sleeper cells” to go into action, necessitating the nationwide imposition of martial law and suspended elections. At that point, I’m counting on Oathkeepers to, well, keep their oaths.

Harbingeing on March 18, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Let’s say that tomorrow he led a strike on Iran with Israel participating. Would that be good or bad for his reelection?

slickwillie2001 on March 18, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Just a guess but it would probably guarantee his re-election if he did it right and he might take that gamble if the polls are grim enough. The only potential downside would be an escalation in gas prices if it wasn’t a decisive strike…and Bammie ain’t known for decisive.

sharrukin on March 18, 2012 at 5:11 PM

“My instinct would be to err on not having those weapons in the possession of the ruling clerics of Iran,”

But now that I’m president. It doesn’t look that bad. Maybe we’ll do something about it. Someday. Maybe.

GarandFan on March 18, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Little Bammie clearly doesn’t want the uncertainty in a political sense to mess up his reelection campaign, but do we have any idea what the effect would be? Let’s say that tomorrow he led a strike on Iran with Israel participating. Would that be good or bad for his reelection?

I am also hoping that Israel does what is best for Israel’s security, with no regard for what Bammie wants. I’ve even heard some say that Prime Minister Netanyahu should strike at the worst possible time for Bammie. If Israel strikes Iran on her own, would that hurt his chances for reelection, or God forbid, might it help him?

slickwillie2001 on March 18, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Dick Morris wrote an article maybe a week ago that Israel should and will strike Iran to guarantee high gas prices, and hence Obama being voted out of office. It’s far from clear that Israel has the means to strike with any degree of effectiveness or to withstand the after-effects. It’s also not clear where exactly Iran is in their development of a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching Israel. What is clear is that high gas prices are bad for Obama’s reelection, and since (a) Israel can control them to some degree by maintaining tensions (b) it’s hard for Iran to ease these tensions because of their nuclear ambitions, general craziness, and the need for high oil prices, I expect gas prices to stay high.

Igor R. on March 18, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Today, it’s Benjamine Netanyahu who does all the talking about launching air and missile strikes against Iran’s nuclear program,
=================================================================

American Exceptionalism, Foreign Policy Initiatives, Foreign Affairs, Diplomatic, Intelligence and Military Analysis

Monday, March 5, 2012
Loving Little Satan
*********************

“We in Great Satan instinctively sympathize with Little Satan.”

And BiBi”s trek to the World Capital to hook up and hang w/44 will most likely feature tons of talk n target sets about Preacher Command”s new clear enrichment endeavors.(More…)

http://greatsatansgirlfriend.blogspot.ca/2012/03/loving-little-satan.html
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Little Satan”s Persian Panty Raid
*********************************

This exhaustive (yet fun and light to read dossier – perfect for the beach – and available in pdf) details naughty details.

“To have a reasonable chance of success, both in the mission and in
the ultimate goal of rendering Iran’s nuclear program impotent, the target set must be narrowed to concentrate on the critical nodes in Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.

The most difficult part of nuclear weapons development is obtaining the nuclear material itself; thus, if the means of fissile material production can be destroyed, the set back for Iran will be maximized.

The total number of weapons needed to have reasonable confidence
in destroying all three target sets is thus 24 5000-lb weapons and 24 2000-lb weapons.”
84 tons! Such precision, intelligent weaponry – and Little Satan – even avoiding Iraqi airspace – has the means to put steel on target.

Even more better are those magical mythical Jericho III Inter something something missiles. Thus far – cats have spec spec speculated and gamed Little Satan”s IAF conducting a 30 day air campaign.
==========

Center for Strategic and International Studies extra sextralicious piece provocatively entitled “Study on a Possible Little Satan Strike on Iran’s Nuclear Development Facilities ” this hefty (114 pages PDF) details naughty details like “Strike Package” did and includes Little Satan’s magical mythical missile cadre.

Put together by the indomitable Dr Abdullah Toukan this not so brief brief includes:

Little Satan’s Air Force: Aircraft Mission Capabilities (which includes the following sexyful see thru bit)

“Mission Analysis:

Approximate range to the furthest target Esfahan is some 1,110 nmi. When approaching the 550 nmi range, the F-15Es and F-16Is need to refuel on the way to Iran and on the way back.

Refueling can be done menage a troi:

Refueling from KC-135A and KC-10 tankers.
Buddy Refueling betwixt F-15Es and F-16Is (Whoa!)
A temporary landing strip, along the Syrian, Turkish and Northern Iraq region, where aircraft refueling is available.
The total maximum strike package was around 80 aircraft, all the 25 F-15I in the Little Satan’s Inventory and 55 F-16I/C. The F-15E would then need 5 to 6 KC-130s to refuel from, and the F-16Is would require 6 to 7 KC-130.”

Also included are Syrian and Iranian Air Force capabilities, inventory and au currant Order of Battle – plus anti aircraft batteries of missiles and artillery.

Most cats enjoy pointing out it’s gon be a loooong air campaign. Scary pics of hapless captured Little Satan pilots in the untender clutches of the Revo Guard, wads of missiles and rockets flinging in from Hiz’B”Allebanon and rowdy Strippers like HAMAS and assorted rocket rich rejectionists in Little Satan”s near abroad.
(More..)

http://greatsatansgirlfriend.blogspot.ca/2012/02/little-satans-persian-panty-raid.html
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canopfor on March 18, 2012 at 5:13 PM

The truth is as follows:

“My instinct would be to err on not having those weapons in the possession of the ruling clerics of Iran,”

But now that I’m president. It doesn’t look that bad. Maybe we’ll do something about it. Someday. Maybe.

GarandFan on March 18, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Igor R. on March 18, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Table for two in the fourth corner please. Oh and a beer. Wine for the lady. Oh and a side order of bunker busters. Thanks.

Bmore on March 18, 2012 at 5:25 PM

This guy will say whatever is appropriate at the time and it should all be taken with a grain of salt.

rplat on March 18, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Meanwhile…..,I do wonder if Prime Minister Cameron was fed da KOOL_AID at WH the State supper!!
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UK prime minister Cameron: No justification for Israeli attack on Iran
Submitted Mar. 16, 2012, 8:08 a.m. from http://www.haaretz.com
http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/iran
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http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/u-k-s-cameron-no-justification-for-israeli-attack-on-iran-1.419068

canopfor on March 18, 2012 at 5:30 PM

What does Critical Race Theory say about Iran?

Igor R. on March 18, 2012 at 4:39 PM

If I fire 100 darts will anything stick on the board?

But but he’s a Muslim
he’s an atheist
he’s a black panther
he’s Afrocentric
he’s a communist
he’s a socialist
he’s a terrorist
he’s Muslim sympathizer
he’s a socialist organizer
he knows Rezko
he knows xyz
he knows Rev Wright
he knows weather underground
he said if you spread the wealth
he said…

….. to be continued

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 18, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Kinda sounds like he knew what he was talkin’ ’bout.

Kissmygrits on March 18, 2012 at 5:32 PM

If I fire 100 darts will anything stick on the board?

But but he’s a Muslim
he’s an atheist
he’s a black panther
he’s Afrocentric
he’s a communist
he’s a socialist
he’s a terrorist
he’s Muslim sympathizer
he’s a socialist organizer
he knows Rezko
he knows xyz
he knows Rev Wright
he knows weather underground
he said if you spread the wealth
he said…

….. to be continued

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 18, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Kinda scary when you list it all out like this, no?

Igor R. on March 18, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Given the continuing war in Iraq, the United States is not in a position to invade Iran, but missile strikes might be a viable option, he said.

- O’Bonehead

Well, with the troops out of Iraq I guess he’s planning “surgical strikes” on Iran then, right?

Jaibones on March 18, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Meanwhile Part Deux,former LibTards get caught with hand in Terrorist
cookie jar!!
=================

Ex-US officials investigated over speeches to Iranian dissident group on terror list
2 Days ago
***********
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Speaking firms representing ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Hugh Shelton
*******************************************************

have received federal subpoenas as part of an expanding investigation into the source of payments to former top government officials who have publicly advocated removing an Iranian dissident group from the State Department list of terrorist groups, three sources familiar with the investigation told NBC News.

The investigation, being conducted by the Treasury Department, is focused on whether the former officials may have received funding, directly or indirectly, from the People’s Mujahedin of Iran, or MEK, thereby violating longstanding federal law barring financial dealings with terrorist groups. The sources, all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity, said that speaking fees given to the former officials total hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“This is about finding out where the money is coming from,” an Obama administration official familiar with the probe said. “This has been a source of enormous concern for a long time now. You have to ask the question, whether this is a prima facie case of material support for terrorism.”

Freeh and Shelton are among 40 former senior U.S. government officials who have participated in a public lobbying campaign – including appearing at overseas conferences and speaking at public rallies – aimed at persuading the U.S. government to remove the MEK from the terror list.(More….)

canopfor on March 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Well, his opinion “evolves” over time. When the realities of leadership and responsibility actually come to bear- his tune is a little different.

steved95 on March 18, 2012 at 5:41 PM

“You wanna burn your bridge? I’ll help you start the fire. You wanna disappear? I got the manual right here”. Sandman.

Bmore on March 18, 2012 at 5:41 PM

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 18, 2012 at 5:30 PM

0syndrom, Why are you so intent on being a 0 apologist?

Bmore on March 18, 2012 at 5:42 PM

The OnGoing/NeverEnding Talk…Talk..Talk..Hopey/Changey
Non-Kick*ss World Iranian Non-Tour!!
(sarc)

canopfor on March 18, 2012 at 5:43 PM

canopfor on March 18, 2012 at 5:43 PM

LOL

pambi on March 18, 2012 at 5:50 PM

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 18, 2012 at 5:30 PM

0syndrom, Why are you so intent on being a 0 apologist?

Bmore on March 18, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Hello there Bmore! Happy Sunday to you. On Obama, I just hate illogical, hypocritical and deranged thinking. Other than that, I’m here to nag deranged folks.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 18, 2012 at 5:52 PM

On Obama, I just hate illogical, hypocritical and deranged thinking. Other than that, I’m here to nag deranged folks.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 18, 2012 at 5:52 PM

If you are one of the 52% who voted for Obama, you are all three.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2012 at 5:55 PM

O/T,

Re: Puerto Rico GOP Primary Caucus
***********************************

@caribnews tweeted:
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PRELIMINARY:
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Mitt Romney 1,232

Santorum 114

in Puerto Rico Republican primary
Submitted 27 mins ago from twitter.com/caribnews
http://www.breakingnews.com/
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canopfor on March 18, 2012 at 5:57 PM

canopfor on March 18, 2012 at 5:58 PM

canopfor on March 18, 2012 at 5:58 PM

No surprise. They love squishes in the middle and lefties even more. In the fall they will vote for Obama, again.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2012 at 6:03 PM

He did such a bang-up job with the “right war”, Afghanistan, after all…

profitsbeard on March 18, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Hello there Bmore! Happy Sunday to you. On Obama, I just hate illogical, hypocritical and deranged thinking. Other than that, I’m here to nag deranged folks.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 18, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Happy Sunday to you as well. So you are not an apologist for 0? You are not a supporter who can’t find fault with his policy’s?

Bmore on March 18, 2012 at 6:07 PM

They cannot conceive of someone not wanting an omelet, or anything made with eggs. People who want pancakes are counter-r e v o l u t i o n a r i e s.
BobMbx on March 18, 2012 at 4:58 PM

It’s funny because there are eggs and pancake batter. :)

Boomer_Sooner on March 18, 2012 at 6:09 PM

canopfor on March 18, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Darn that Spanish speaking country.

galtani on March 18, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Dick Morris wrote an article maybe a week ago that Israel should and will strike Iran to guarantee high gas prices, and hence Obama being voted out of office. It’s far from clear that Israel has the means to strike with any degree of effectiveness or to withstand the after-effects. It’s also not clear where exactly Iran is in their development of a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching Israel. What is clear is that high gas prices are bad for Obama’s reelection, and since (a) Israel can control them to some degree by maintaining tensions (b) it’s hard for Iran to ease these tensions because of their nuclear ambitions, general craziness, and the need for high oil prices, I expect gas prices to stay high.

Igor R. on March 18, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Looking at gasoline alone, with no attack prices will continue to climb because of the Summer driving season, and the final end to Iranian oil imports to all countries in agreement with the sanction boycott. That may be enough to crush Bammie in November.

If Israel does attack, and oil prices shoot even higher, will Bammie then have a plausible bad guy to blame for gasoline overall, thus helping his reelection? We know how cooperative the media is in accepting his excuses for pretty much anything.

slickwillie2001 on March 18, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Dick Morris wrote an article maybe a week ago that Israel should and will strike Iran to guarantee high gas prices, and hence Obama being voted out of office. It’s far from clear that Israel has the means to strike with any degree of effectiveness or to withstand the after-effects. It’s also not clear where exactly Iran is in their development of a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching Israel. What is clear is that high gas prices are bad for Obama’s reelection, and since (a) Israel can control them to some degree by maintaining tensions (b) it’s hard for Iran to ease these tensions because of their nuclear ambitions, general craziness, and the need for high oil prices, I expect gas prices to stay high.

Igor R. on March 18, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Take anything Dick Morris says with a truckload of salt. As I recall he also told us the 2008 race would be between Hillary and Condi Rice.

Speaking of Dr. Rice, how about the GOP having a brokered convention and picking her as the nominee to go up against O’bama this fall?

That would drive the Left over the edge. Especially after she won.

Del Dolemonte on March 18, 2012 at 6:17 PM

canopfor on March 18, 2012 at 5:43 PM

LOL

pambi on March 18, 2012 at 5:50 PM

pambi:-:)

canopfor on March 18, 2012 at 6:22 PM

canopfor on March 18, 2012 at 5:58 PM
Darn that Spanish speaking country.

galtani on March 18, 2012 at 6:15 PM

galtani:Yup,Santorum’s misspeaky,oops!

canopfor on March 18, 2012 at 6:24 PM

o/t

“We’re Gonna Brainwash Those 2nd Amendment Rights Right Outta Your Head”

See what Eric Holder considers to be real “Second Amendment remedies.”

Resist We Much on March 18, 2012 at 6:25 PM

In October 2012, with Obama trailing Romney by 10 points, surgical air strikes are inevitable.

Basilsbest on March 18, 2012 at 4:49 PM

10 points? “Wishful Thinking” doesn’t even begin to describe that.

Dunedainn on March 18, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Hey, that was when I was a Senator. Now that I have my big boy pants I have to be a statesman and not a party hack…that’s cool, right?

Doomsday on March 18, 2012 at 6:35 PM

. On Obama, I just hate illogical, hypocritical and deranged thinking. Other than that, I’m here to nag deranged folks.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 18, 2012 at 5:52 PM

But ya luvs ya sum B Hoosane Oblahblah dunt ya?
You are a caricature of your screen name.

Rio Linda Refugee on March 18, 2012 at 6:44 PM

The danger Iran poses really does depend on where Obama is in his (re)election cycle.

Igor R. on March 18, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Iran poses no danger to us. They do not have the military capability to attack the U.S.

Dante on March 18, 2012 at 6:51 PM

O/T,

Mitt Romney has won

the GOP primary in Puerto Rico, per @cnn, @nbcnews,

Submitted 4 mins ago by editor
http://www.breakingnews.com/
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canopfor on March 18, 2012 at 6:55 PM

canopfor on March 18, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Mitt Romney has won

the GOP primary in Puerto Rico, per @cnn, @nbcnews,

canopfor on March 18, 2012 at 6:57 PM

I guess it’s all over now, right? Romney’s the nom’nee?

slickwillie2001 on March 18, 2012 at 7:06 PM

What does Critical Race Theory say about Iran?

Igor R. on March 18, 2012 at 4:39 PM

It’s all the fault of the White Man or George Bush.

Gladtobehere on March 18, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Barry was blah,blah,blah then and blah,blah,blah now.

albill on March 18, 2012 at 7:13 PM

That’s pronounced ‘nuke-u-lar’.

Mittens isn’t and won’t make his take no prisoners case. Zero is ‘just over his head’ afterall.

Meh.

mickytx on March 18, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Iran poses no danger to us. They do not have the military capability to attack the U.S.

Dante on March 18, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Mr. Dane, I’d like to introduce you to Mr. Bmore, who left this comment on Irans missile capability at 6:59 P.M.

http://www.smh.com.au/world/new-fears-over-irans-missile-capability-20120203-1qxn5.html

Bmore on March 18, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Gladtobehere on March 18, 2012 at 8:29 PM

What a far left marxist.

libfreeordie on March 18, 2012 at 4:34 PM

You got that right.

SparkPlug on March 18, 2012 at 8:52 PM

canopfor on March 18, 2012 at 5:58 PM

No surprise. They love squishes in the middle and lefties even more. In the fall they will vote for Obama, again.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2012 at 6:03 PM

True, true, true and more true.

SparkPlug on March 18, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Iran poses no danger to us. They do not have the military capability to attack the U.S.

Dante on March 18, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Its not like they could put a nuke in a container ship and detonate in a harbor somewhere… or get it to Mexico and drive it across our porous border.

Or force the price of oil to double or triple by holding the gulf hostage.

Or cause a firestorm by nuking Tel Aviv that would cause Israel to nuke everyone else in the region just to be sure to get them all.

Remember, Bin Laden got to us and he didn’t have the resources of an entire country behind him(just protecting him).

Your statement is disingenuous and is typical of a naive libtard or paulnut.

Wolftech on March 18, 2012 at 9:16 PM

If Israel does attack, and oil prices shoot even higher, will Bammie then have a plausible bad guy to blame for gasoline overall, thus helping his reelection? We know how cooperative the media is in accepting his excuses for pretty much anything.

slickwillie2001 on March 18, 2012 at 6:16 PM

IMO, that is the precise protocol he will follow. Israel attacks first, the U.S. rushes in to assist with much fanfare, and whatever is accomplished in the mission, the Israelis will be blamed for the spike in oil prices. Scooter basks in the glow of a grateful world and Jewish voters return to the fold. I imagine Bibi will accept some blame for increased oil prices in return for a U.S. assist. I’ll bet the deal has already been struck.

a capella on March 18, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Iran poses no danger to us. They do not have the military capability to attack the U.S.

Dante on March 18, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Just like 21 or so Arabs at flight school had no capability to attack the USA?

Iran has the capability of attacking the people and interests of the USA all over the middle-east, and indeed anywhere in the world. Note, for example, recent assassination attempts in Thailand and India.

They can create mayhem and increase the instability of the middle-east, possibly causing or exacerbating conflicts that the USA might feel a need to intervene in.

More significantly, they have the ability to start a nuclear arms race in the middle-east, and then outwards to Russia and China.

And if they do manage to create a nuclear weapon, they could easily deliver it anywhere of significance by using a cargo plane or container ship.

YiZhangZhe on March 19, 2012 at 10:42 AM