Sarah Palin Endorses 'Bomb Iran'
by Daniel Pipes
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My National Review Online column last week carried the provocative title, "How to Save the Obama Presidency: Bomb Iran," and provoke it surely did.
Leftists on websites like ThinkProgress and DailyKos reacted voluminously and in slightly crazed ways, misrepresenting my argument even as they called me unrepeatable names. Die Welt, a German newspaper, published the article in translation but came under such vehement criticism that the editors pulled my analysis.
The Right responded circumspectly. The criticism I had braced for ("Why are you helping Obama?") never came. If Arnaud de Borchgrave more-or-less agreed, Patrick Buchanan devoted a column, "Will Obama Play the War Card?" to both agreeing and disagreeing.
Yes, Buchanan wrote, bombing Iran would indeed save the president's political skin: "Obama has a big card yet to play" before the U.S. congressional elections in November. Making war on Iran "would be the end of GOP dreams of adding three dozen seats in the House and half a dozen in the Senate." But Buchanan opposes Obama taking this step:
Sarah Palin entered the fray yesterday. In a high-profile interview yesterday with Chris Wallace, she spontaneously brought up the topic of Obama's winning a second term by bombing Iran:
(1) Buchanan disapproves of Obama taking out the Iranian nuclear infrastructure, but Palin and I "would like him to do" that, thereby removing the world's No. 1 security threat.
(2) After vilification from the Left and tepid reactions on the Right, it's nice to have a major political figure endorse my idea.
(3) I've always liked Palin and been mystified by the fervid hostility she engenders. Perhaps that results from her readiness, as Jeff Bergner puts it, to challenge "The Narrative" formulated by the Democratic Party. True to form, she is, so far, the only politician willing to touch the hot potato of the political implications of bombing Iran.
Feb. 15, 2010 update: As other political figures weigh in, starting with Dick Cheney, I will record their views at "Further Reactions to My 'Bomb Iran' Argument."
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