Obama to Save Presidency by Bombing Iran? Round Two


obama-iranBy Daniel Pipes

wrote an article 3½ years ago, at a low moment in Obama’s first term, when his ratings tanked and his party just lost Edward Kennedy’s senate seat to a Republican, that usefully suggested that Obama could “salvage his tottering administration” by taking “dramatic gesture to change the public perception of him as a lightweight, bumbling ideologue, preferably in an arena where the stakes are high, where he can take charge, and where he can trump expectations.” He could do well and do good, I offered, by taking out the Iranian nuclear infrastructure.

Well, as the world knows, he did not follow my advice. But the time has come to crank it out again at a moment when Obama seems close to imploding. As the distinguished historian Andrew Roberts puts it in the July/August issue of the British magazine Standpoint, he is

credibly accused by the internal opposition of serious civil liberties violations, the secret seizure of journalists’ phone and email records, the illegal use of the state tax authorities to harass citizens, a full-scale government cover-up over the circumstances of four murders and the “systematic targeting” of news organisations. …

this summer Barack Obama has no fewer than four separate scandals pending, which are collectively referred to as “Obamagate”. Astonishingly, less than a year after his re-election, we may be witnessing the unravelling of the Obama presidency.

Given this background, I propose that (updating my 2010 article) a strike on Iranian facilities would dispatch Obama’s feckless fifth year down the memory hole and transform the domestic political scene. It would sideline immigration reform, prompt Republicans to work with Democrats, make netroots squeal, independents reconsider, and conservatives swoon.

This article was originally published by the National Review Online.

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  1. Jewish thought should not be used to convene a patch of unnecessary advocation of a fools parade in the new York times.

    I mean, if you think that the calling of tomorrow is to spit on civil liberty, you will love this commentary.

    The truth is that Obama is a fine president in respect to skill and charisma and he does in fact seem to put dignity and trust behind his all together usually package of discretion.

    His actual “scandals” per se are fading in the wind as the future changes to tomorrow.
    And I think that if heavens forbid there is more necessary action required in Iran and perhaps there will be, it will not be an Obama event but a world event.

    Please pay your dues to law and order.