The 2012 US presidential election will reach its quadrennial crescendo November 6, 2012, less than a year from now.
Should a Republican nominee win the election, it is most probable that he will be either former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (shown here) or Mitt Romney.
No less a Republican conservative authority than Pat Buchanan ponders what such an outcome might produce:
"Is a vote for Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich a vote for yet another unfunded war of choice, this time with a nation, Iran, three times as large and populous as Iraq?"
Buchanan finds an eagerness for war against Iran in Republican campaign rhetoric:
"Mitt says that if elected he will move carriers into the Persian Gulf and 'prepare for war.' Newt is even more hawkish. America should continue 'taking out' Iran's nuclear scientists -- i.e., assassinating them -- but military action will probably be needed."
Sound idiotic? Of course it does, but war fever corrupts the rational mind. We should remember that many Democratic liberals joined the last neoconservative military crusade launched by George W. Bush's 2003 invasion of Iraq.
The drums of war have been pounding away against Iran since Barack Obama was elected president in 2008. The Military-Industrial complex wants war, or the next best thing, a constant threat of war.
Why else would Barack Obama go against his human rights instincts and continue to feed the war-lovers with drone attacks that kill civilians and assassinate suspected enemies, at no risk to American personnel?
The ultra-Zionists politicians in Tel Aviv and Washington are pushing for military action that will solidify Israel's role as the Middle East regional boss.
Obama's most recent pandering "I love Israel" fund-raising speech was at the New York city home of businessman Jack Rosen, chairman of the American Council for World Jewry.
This was one of many such events designed to hold on to pro-Israel funds and voters, a demeaning act, in light of Israel's current Occupation actions, but an act he hopes his peace and justice supporters will understand as something he must do to land safely in neocon-free territory in 2013.
Whether enough of his progressive, non PEP supporters, are open to giving the President slack during the campaign will be a factor in the success of his ultimate victory or defeat.
If Obama fails in his reelection effort, what could follow would not be a fictional horror story. It will be Iran: the Sequel, coming to a military recruitment office near you in January, 2013.
The US Senate has already bought tickets for the sequel.
In a unanimous vote this week, the Senate adopted a provision as an amendment to Congress' annual defense policy bill which would force the President to impose sanctions on countries and companies that do business with Iran's central bank or purchase Iranian oil.