Benjamin Netanyahu and the Politics of Bombing Iran

Andrew Sullivan explains:

Netanyahu desperately needs US cover for an attack; and is furious he cannot simply push them around as he was once wont to do. Nonetheless, he has a united Republican front in Romney, Santorum and Gingrich, funded by Greater Israel fanatics like Sheldon Adelson, and in desperate need of a way to ignite the Christianist base. He will have a chunk of Democrats as well – and next week’s AIPAC conference to beat the drums for war. He also has the potential to send oil to $7 a gallon by election day – and tip Europe and the world into both a new terror crisis and a deeper, longer recession. All of this is leverage to get Obama to do something of enormous risk to the Middle East, the West and the wider world, and launch a war that America, rather than Israel, would have to own.

Netanyahu is going to do all he can to bring down President Obama this year. Seven dollar gas would probably do it. And notice Andrew Sullivan’s mention of billionaire Sheldon Adelson, Newt Gingrich’s sugar-daddy.

If you don’t want a preemptive war with Iran, and feel that a nuclear-armed Iran is problematic but ultimately containable, then you should be supporting President Obama. But if you want yet another war after having just brought one to a conclusion in Iraq, back the Republicans. But either way, an existential moment has been reached.

Now choose.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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