Compares notion of Obama bombing Iran to political impact of 9/11
Tuesday, Feb 2nd, 2010
A Neoconservative commentator and scholar has stated that Obama can save his presidency and turn around his plummeting approval ratings by bombing Iran.
Pro-war fanatic Daniel Pipes, has penned a despicable piece on conservative website National Review Online , calling for preemptive airstrikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
“Here is an idea for Barack Obama to salvage his tottering administration by taking a step that protects the United States and its allies,” Pipes writes.
“He needs a dramatic gesture to change the public perception of him as a light-weight, bumbling ideologue, preferably in an arena where the stakes are high, where he can take charge, and where he can trump expectations.”
“Such an opportunity does exist,” Pipes adds. “Obama can give orders for the U.S. military to destroy Iran’s nuclear-weapon capacity.”
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“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,” he continues.
“It would sideline health care,’ he continues, “prompt Republicans to work with Democrats, make netroots squeal, independents reconsider, and conservatives swoon.” Pipes states.
Pipes was a staunch supporter of the Vietnam war and a strong advocate for the invasion of Iraq. He is also supports Israel in the Arab-Israeli conflict and is completely opposed to any form of Palestinian state.
Despite this, Pipes, who rejects the term “neocon”, referring to himself as “plain conservative”, was nominated to the board of the United States Institute of Peace by George W. Bush in 2003.
He is also the head of a think tank named the Middle East Forum, and its website Campus Watch, which has been fiercely criticized as anti-Islamic. Campus Watch was also accused of “McCarthyesque intimidation” of professors who criticized Israel when it published “dossiers” on eight professors it thought “hostile” to America.
With regards to Iran, Pipes has advocated that the U.S. “unleash” the right-wing terrorist organization Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK) against Iran . It is well known that that MEK has direct ties to the CIA, and there is already evidence  relating to use of the group against Iran in covert operations.
Pipes occupies a long list of neocon policy wonks and academics who share the same fetish for more war and more terrorism in the name of “uniting the country”, seemingly unphased by the complete ignorance of their comments and the depth of their depravity.
The past few days have seen an intensification in rhetoric regarding the geopolitical situation in the Persian Gulf. Last week Obama warned Iran of “growing consequences ” with reference to the country’s nuclear ambitions.
The Iranian government then stated that the nation will deliver a harsh blow to “global arrogance”  on February 11th, the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.
The U.S. has retaliated to what it sees as Iran’s growing missile threat by deploying a land and sea-based missile shield  to protect American allies in the Gulf, according to administration officials.
Iran’s government responded by calling the deployment a “puppet show” , adding that it represents “nothing except a new political ploy to increase the [American] military presence at the expense of others.”