He, Romney and Ryan want congressional war authorization similar to the blank check Bush got post-9/11. Likeminded neocons concur. So does Obama but on his timetable.
Imagine what's coming under either leader. Imagine the unimaginable but expect it. Last December, Romney told Fox News he'll have military options prepared on Iran.
He barely stopped short of saying he'll attack. His implication was clear. He and likeminded neocons represent real threats. They're mindless about a new Chicago Council on Global Affairs poll.
It shows 70% of Americans oppose attacking Iran unilaterally, and 59% said if Israel goes it alone, Washington shouldn't defend its action.
On September 15, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd railed against neocons her way. Her column headlined "Neocons Slither Back," saying:
"(N)eocon puppet master Dan SeÃ±or" represents Paul Ryan, and by implication Romney. Along with Abrams and perhaps others, he was hired to "graft a Manichaean worldview"."
He supports a "muscular foreign policy." He disdains "weakness and diplomacy." He considers it "a duty to invade and bomb Israel's neighbors." He endorses "a divine right to preemption."
Haven't we already been there and done that disastrously? It's "all ominously familiar," said Dowd. SeÃ±or and likeminded uber-hawks blundered America into endless unwinnable wars.
Trillions of dollars were wasted. Billions more go down the drain daily. Millions of lives were lost. Many more die daily. "We're still stumbling in the dark."
"We not only don't know who our allies and enemies are, we don't know who our allies' and enemies' allies and enemies are."
Dowd omitted the obvious Pogo analogy that "We have met the enemy and he is us."
SeÃ±or now plays "ventriloquist" to Ryan. He's teaching him "irresponsible bellicosity." Romney needs no coaching. If he's elected, expect current regional wars to be "a tiny foretaste of the conflagration to come."
Trouble is that Obama's on the same page. Perhaps it slipped Dowd's mind. More likely she's mindful of official Times editorial policy. It supports Obama right or wrong.
It's on the wrong side whichever wing of America's duopoly it endorses. There's barely a difference to matter.
NPR is called National Pentagon Radio for good reason. On September 28, All Things Considered host Robert Siegel interviewed pro-Israeli/anti-Iranian zealot Dennis Ross.