and Washington media
insider David Broder knows
Democrats "have fallen into a peck of trouble" with the American
electorate over the past two years. (Note: This is how people in the future--and also the
distant past--describe the possibility of losing 70
House seats.) How can President Obama convince
voters--even those hardliners a wee bit undone by his policies since taking office--to support his bid for a second term? By preparing to wage war in Iran, of
course. It's so inevitable, Broder couldn't stop it if he wanted to,
which he does, but can't, because of The Time Traveler's Vow:
Look back at FDR and the Great Depression. What finally resolved that
economic crisis? World War II.
Here is where Obama is likely to
prevail. With strong Republican support in Congress for challenging
Iran's ambition to become a nuclear power, he can spend much of 2011 and
2012 orchestrating a showdown with the mullahs. This will help him
politically because the opposition party will be urging him on. And as
tensions rise and we accelerate preparations for war, the economy will
I am not suggesting, of course, that the president
incite a war to get reelected. But the nation will rally around Obama
because Iran is the greatest threat to the world in the young century.
If he can confront this threat and contain Iran's nuclear ambitions, he
will have made the world safer and may be regarded as one of the most
successful presidents in history.
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