Don’t Scramble the Jets
Fareed Zakaria / Newsweek
19-Feb-2010 (2 comments)

Sarah Palin has a suggestion for how Barack Obama can save his presidency. "Say he decided to declare war on Iran," she said on Fox News last week. "I think people would perhaps shift their thinking a little bit and decide, well, maybe he's tougher than we think he is today." Such talk is in the air again. Palin was picking up the idea from Daniel Pipes, a neoconservative Middle East expert who suggested a strike would reverse Obama's political fortunes. (Actually, Palin attributed the idea to Patrick Buchanan, but obviously entirely misread Buchanan's column, which opposed Pipes's suggestion. It's getting tiresome to keep pointing out these serial gaffes, but Palin does appear to be running for president.)

The International Atomic Energy Agency warned last week of its "concerns" that the Iranian regime was moving to acquire a nuclear-weapons capability, not just nuclear energy. But this does not change the powerful calculus against a military strike, which would most likely delay the Iranian program by only a few years. And then there are the political consequences. The regime will gain support as ordinary Iranians rally around the flag. The opposition would be forced to support a government under attack from abroad. The regime would foment and fund violence from Afghanistan to Iraq to the Gulf. The price of oil would skyrocket—which, ironically, would help Tehran pay for all these operations.

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Sarah Palin

by Fatollah on

the problem with this woman is not her lack of knowledge but rather her attitude on science and knowledge, she is anti both, but she's a ability to twist and turn and find conspiracies in everything that suits her own agdena, she is a danger to humanity if she ever becomes the President of USA.

p/s I am afraid everything is possible in America. 


strike: surgical, would save the world

by mahmoudg on

 and the poeple of Iran from decades of authoritarianism.