What's behind the recent upsurge in anti-Iranian war propaganda coming out of the Obama administration? This is the question Stephen Walt posed on his blog at ForeignPolicy.com:
"What's the endgame here? What is the positive purpose to be gained from this new campaign? If there really is hard and reliable evidence of a serious Iranian plot to bomb buildings in the United States and to kill foreign emissaries on our soil, then that's one thing. But if this turns out to be a much more ambiguous business - either a rogue Iranian operation, a false flag scheme, or a case of FBI entrapment - then what are we trying to accomplish by rolling out a seemingly well-orchestrated round of new accusations, especially when there's little chance of getting the sort of 'crippling sanctions' that might actually alter Iran's behavior? Are we just trying to divert attention from other issues (the economy, the 'Arab Spring,' the failed diplomacy on Israel-Palestine, etc.), or is this somehow linked to the 2012 campaign?"He's getting warmer. The Obama cult is drawing what sounds like its last breath on the American political scene, with the President's reelection increasingly in doubt. Yet that doesn't begin to explain why Obama is risking alienating his base with yet another overseas conflict that we can't afford, and the American people don't want. Nor does it explain why he is making unambiguous statements in support of a narrative that has been met with undisguised disdain by nearly every Iran expert with any credibility: almost no one believes the Quds force, the Iranian version of our "Special Forces," would employ an alcoholic used car salesman to recruit a Mexican drug cartel to off the Saudi ambassador and commit terrorist acts in the US (and Argentina, an allegation that appears to have been thrown into the mix for good measure). No one, that is, but the President of the United States and the anonymous high government officials who have been spinning this absurd story behind the scenes.