The poor Obama White House. It bends over backwards to accommodate the Israelis' insistence on war with Iran, only to find itself pressured from the other side by the GOP, as it makes political hay out of Obama's dilemma:
White House seeks to deflect blame over rising gas prices | Reuters: "Gas prices, which rose 7 cents a gallon last week, could unsettle economic confidence at a time when the U.S. recovery appears to be gathering pace, hurting President Barack Obama as voters review his track record ahead of the November 6 ballot.
Obama, a Democrat, acknowledged the risk posed by higher gas prices as he welcomed congressional approval of a payroll tax cut extension. The White House later argued that it was unfair to single out the administration over prices at the pump.
"There are no magic solutions to rising oil prices," said White House press secretary Jay Carney. "The rising gas prices clearly the effect of a variety of factors on the global price of oil," he told reporters, citing geopolitical unrest and rapid growth in India and China."
Most notable is the oblique reference to "geopolitical unrest," as if no one understands what exactly that means.
It means that the neo-con warmongers are pushing the US into a corner, from which it has only one escape: a full-blown military intervention in Iran -- either with or without the Israeli dog wagging Washinton's tail.
What a pathetic figure Obama cuts in all this: He's helpless to defuse the situation, even though proceeding will wreck his presidency.
Such are the trials and tribulations of those ambitious -- and callow enough -- to take the reins of this most untamed beast, making pretense of riding it in a high-stakes geopolitical rodeo for which he's always been woefully unprepared.
It takes brass nuts, such as those possessed by his secretary of state, madame Clinton, to tame this beast. She'd be striding up the steps of the Iranian presidential palace even now, in a triumphant display of her consummate...
Wait, what kind of sick fantasy is this?
It's a neo-con fantasy, of course. The Iranians must be dealt with, and without a nuclear deterrent there's nothing that stands in the way of a second round of shock and awe, this time in Tehran. The mullahs' refusal to heed the voice of reason, and capitulate to the US and Israeli demands to disarm and turn its financial system and resource wealth over to Western management, that has sealed their doom.
Just don't tell anyone that this will not be a painless undertaking, starting now. But at least they'll pretend that it's caused by some other, unrelated (though unspecified) factors beyond anyone's control. Especially Barack Obama's.
We can only sit back and watch in amusement -- or horror, if you prefer -- as the GOP presidential pretenders egg Obama on, while at the same time lambasting him for doing what they'd be doing, too -- double-time, if it were up to them -- to curry favor with the corporate interests who stand to gain from the upcoming cataclysm in the Middle East.