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Response to AntiFascist (Reply #36)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 04:53 PM

37. (Electoral) 'Business' as usual?

... Rothkopf's article is titled "A Truly Credible Threat To Iran" and his analysis gives several reasons for the, let's call it, further defining(sic) the administration has suddenly given to its military options for Iran.

- Diplomatic: Iran's currency is in crisis, but it doesn't think the U.S. will strike it knows Israel doesn't have the tech necessary to do it alone, a it's prickly diplomacy with the U.S. makes it seem like the administration is "dragging its feet." Now that Iran knows exactly how, they might be more likely to stand down essentially, releasing the plan constitutes a diplomatic foot in the door.

- Public Opinion: A public 'tired' of protracted war is more likely to support a no-muss no-fuss few hours of military strikes if it "sets back Iran's nuclear capabilities by years"

- Presidential Politics: It's no mistake that less than 24 hours after Romney accuses Obama of having no plan for Iran, that suddenly a plan pops out of the administration (albeit an anonymous one).

Other reports have framed Rothkopf's article as "the U.S. is considering," but in all likelihood, these plans were long ago considered, and are just now being released in light of Obama's slipping polls, Romney's aggressive stance, and the impending foreign policy debate.

/... http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-admin-to-romney-heres-our-plan-for-iran-2012-10#ixzz28px0J8Cc

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