Saturday, September 27, 2008

No Thanks to Obama

There’s good news! It looks now like there will be no war with Iran until the next administration (if the next President is John McCain). It will be some time before we know exactly how the march to war was stopped. I suspect that the professional military deserves the lion’s share of the praise. But, whatever the reason, it seems that, when it comes to giving the green light to Israeli bellicosity, there is, to borrow a phrase from the resistance movement within the Israeli military of several years back (at the outbreak of the Lebanon War), a “limit” (yesh gavul).

It is clear that the Democratic leadership had little, if anything, to do with keeping that potential tragedy from happening. It’s only in the past few days that they’ve shown any inkling of a backbone on anything. Now, though, they have enough of one to back down from cheering the next war – or the next proxy war – on. But unless the standard-bearer, Barack Obama, takes up the cause, count on the old pusillanimity to resume, especially after the economy is “fixed.” So far there’s no sign Obama has changed for the better; certainly nothing happened at debate #1 to indicate anything of the sort.

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