Thursday, September 05, 2013
John McCain and the Coming War on Iran
It really is the stuff of nightmares. Obama caught in a trap of his own making, and John McCain helping him to dig himself into an even bigger hole.
By getting a U.S. Senate committee to back Obama's punitive missile strike.
In return for an even bigger war:
The Senate foreign relations committee approved the resolution, with one abstention, after accepting an amendment by Republican Senator John McCain that advocated increasing support for rebel forces.The measure pledges support for "decisive changes to the present military balance of power" in Syria.
Because Poppy McCain doesn't just want Obama to degrade Syria...
He's hoping the fog of war will also eventually lead to a U.S. strike on Iran. Something McCain, and Israel, would like very much. For who can forget Poppy singing that old Beach Boy's tune Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb Iran?
And these days Obama must do what Poppy wants.
John McCain may have lost the 2008 election, but at the moment he seems to be serving as deputy president.
While many Republicans (not to mention a whole lot of anti-war Democrats) are wary of another military operation in the Middle East, the price of McCain’s support is that U.S. “reverse the situation on the battlefield,” as he told NBC. He wants any Hill resolution to spell out that the aim of a cruise missile attack is to degrade Syria’s air defenses. “This is a regional conflict, guys. Don’t forget that,” McCain told Fox.
And what AIPAC, the largest Israeli lobby group in the U.S., also wants.
Which means from the moment Obama attacks Syria, Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud hawks will be trying to entrap him into attacking Iran. Even though a regional war would be catastrophic. Even though it could lead to a confrontation with the Russians.
And even though, as Jeffrey Simpson points out, Syria is NOT a test of U.S. leadership.
The United States remains the world’s undisputed military leader. It can act whenever it wants. Reluctance to do so in one case – this one – is not necessarily a test case for its leadership. Instead, it may reflect a mature, realpolitik judgment that no one yet has defined, or can define, what comes after the bombs and missiles fly.
But of course now it's probably to late to stop the rush to war. The die is cast. Obama gets to play the role of some tragic Hamlet, trapped by his own words, and condemned to serve the interests of those who would destroy him and his legacy.
And as for Poppy McCain he gets to play the role of General Buck Turgidson, the deranged Pentagon hawk in Dr Strangelove. Who when confronted with the news that some U.S. bombers are about to accidentally attack the Soviet Union.
Sees opportunity where others see disaster...
And we all know how that movie ended eh?
And what role Stephen Harper will be playing in this one.
Refusing to recall Parliament.
Secretly cheerleading for an attack on Iran.
Taking us all down with him...
Yup. If we survive the coming war let's all agree to do one thing eh?
Let's drive Stephen Harper and all the other warmongers from power.
And make the world a safer place...
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