From Michael Ramirez
Nahhhhh, Elliott, Obama will just vote PRESENT.
The political side of all this is equally plain. Obama will, by all accounts, suffer a tremendous setback in November and may well be defeated in 2012. Should Iran acquire the Bomb in the next two years — the timetable Jeffrey suggests — Republicans will have an even stronger case that Obama has weakened our national security. The Obama who had struck Iran and destroyed its nuclear program would be a far stronger candidate, and perhaps an unbeatable one. Now, from my perspective that is no reason to stop Iran’s nuclear program, but I’m a Republican. It’s inevitable that as Iran creeps closer to the Bomb and Obama creeps closer to defeat, Democrats — above all, the ones in the White House — will start wondering exactly why striking that nuclear program is such a terrible idea. They’ll start re-examining the likely Iranian reactions (they don’t really want a war with us, do they? Regime survival and all that?), the down-sides of an Israeli strike (hey, we’re the leaders of the free world, after all), the military challenge (well, the Air Force isn’t very busy, and it’s just a few sites to hit). They will of course not tell themselves this re-assessment is related to politics; they will persuade themselves they are doing what’s right for the security of our country. Watch.