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Obama, Re-election and Iran

Updated on January 15, 2012

Obama and Iran

Obama is in his last lap of the Presidency. He has announced he will stand for re-election and most thinkers and critics think he has a chance to win the election, albeit with a slim majority. But what may ultimately decide the presidency for Obama is as to how he will handle Iran. Will he join the drum beats of a war against Iran or soft peddle the issue and contain Iran?

There is no doubt that Iran is the number one headache for the USA in the last year of Obama’s presidency. It is imperative that Obama formulate his own policy in dealing with Iran. If he handles Iran skillfully there is a good chance that he will romp home in 2012.

Obama’s options are limited. Bush by unleashing the war in Iraq has pushed Obama and the USA into a corner. Ten years down the line with almost 5000 dead and 35000 injured the battle in Iraq was at best a Pyrrhic victory. The US has with drawn but it has left behind a mess. There is an intense Sunni- Shia divide and there is every chance that a civil war can erupt and the gainer is Iran. If the Iranian leadership plays their cards adroitly they could have a major influence in Shia dominated areas of Iraq. All this thanks to George Bush.

The US has the 5th fleet in position, but another war won’t be a cake walk like in Iraq. Iran is cocky and threatening, maybe because they are on the threshold of having a nuclear weapon. But that alone cannot be a reason for their bravado. One other reason could be the role of Russia and China. Perhaps Iran is heartened by their support.

The USA is in a dilemma and Obama must be wondering what to do. If he decides on war he must be wondering about the role of China and Russia. His better option is to try and treat Iran with a softer option and try and contain it. There is an old saying that sometimes the sins of the father come on his son. In this case the sins of George Bush have come to rest squarely on Obama. One hopes Obama can weather the coming storm


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      MG Singh 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thats what I have written Liboo. Thanks for commenting

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      MG Singh 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you timetravellor for your comment

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      Liboo 5 years ago

      Wow A Bush fan are you crazy he was the one who started this war and messed up American you need to go back to 2007 who the unemployed was at its birth. Obama inherited this clowns drama. Bush was a joke!

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      Sondra Rochelle 5 years ago from USA

      Well said, and I think you are exactly correct. America really cannot stand another war and really does not want to participate in one.

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      MG Singh 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you Susie for your comment. I think the economy is related to war and in case the USA can avoid a war then that will have a good affect on the economy.

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      SusieQ42 5 years ago

      Interesting hub, MG and thanks for the follow. I have lost faith in Obama, if I ever had any in the first place. Sorry but I was a Bush fan. I just wrote a hub about the statistics of unemployment, gas prices etc. since 2009 this morning. This pretty much sums up my feelings about Obama. I know, this hub is about war. My youngest son has joined the Marines and is leaving for basic training in May. I pray the war will end before he has to worry about going overseas. God bless, Susieq42

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      Garrett 5 years ago

      Liberals know nothing of the survival of a nation

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      MG Singh 5 years ago from Singapore

      thank you Kathleen for your comment. I hope Obama handles all this in a skillful manner. Outside USA he is much liked in India. I think he is doing great.

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      Josak 5 years ago from variable

      Well said, voted up and interesting I really hope we don't get embroiled in another meaningless hopeless war which we can't afford.

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      Kathleen Cochran 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Iraq: "The US has with drawn but it has left behind a mess." Some would argue it was going to be a mess whenever the US withdrew. Many wish we'd withdrawn years ago and the mess would be sorted out by now.

      It is always interesting to hear the views of a non-American. Sometimes you can see things more clearly than us.

      Don't know how familiar you are with American political parties, but if a Republican was in the White House now we'd probably already be bombing Tehran. A democrat will tend to look a other options. The biggest question on my mind is what happens if Iran executes the US Marine they are holding? If they want war, that is the fastest way I know to get it. Good hub. Interesting.