The president stated last week that, “Succeeding in Iraq also requires defending its territorial integrity- and stabilizing the region in the face of the extremist challenge. This begins with addressing Iran and Syria.” He also announced the deployment of an additional aircraft carrier battle group to the Persian Gulf, and the deployment of Patriot air missile defense systems to countries in the Middle East. Meanwhile, US troops stormed the Iranian consulate in Iraq and detained several Iranian diplomats. Taken together, the message was clear: the administration intends to move the US closer to a dangerous and ill-advised conflict with Iran.
I am concerned, however, that a contrived Gulf of Tonkin- type incident may occur to gain popular support for an attack on Iran.
Meanwhile, James Ostrowski t the LewRockwell Blog says:
Ron Paul is Hillary Clinton’s worst nightmare. Forget about the establishment describing his campaign as “quixotic.” Ten or twenty years ago, maybe so. Not now.
Hillary will be the Democratic nominee once the Obama fantasy subsides. Bet the ranch on that one.
Hillary wants to run against the old neocon warhorse, John McCain. As I said in September, she wins that one 52-48. She wants to run against someone whose moral culpability for the war is greater than her own. She outflanks McCain on the war.
Ron Paul outflanks Hillary on the central issue of the campaign, the war. He was one of the few Republican congressmen to oppose it.
He also outflanks Hillary from “the left” on the drug war and civil liberties.
In Ron Paul, Hillary faces a candidate who can outflank her on the left and right all at the same time. Will the center hold?
I will ask Free New York, Inc. to invite both of them to a debate in Buffalo (along with the rest of the centrist team of candidates).
I can’t wait for that one. It will be almost surreal to have both of them on the same stage.