It is possible to think that Pat Robertson is as they say in the South, crazier than a shithouse rat, and to be scared to death by a news report about the apocalyptic saber rattling from Iran on the cable network that Robertson founded?
We do and we are.
The story, which Matt Drudge put under a banner headline, quotes heavily from a former member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and CIA double agent who reports that the highest levels of the Iranian government are viewing the current unrest in the Middle East in apocalyptic terms. A video which can be seen here makes this point and was reportedly green lighted by Iran's leaders.
From the report:
The video claims that Iran is destined to rise as a great power in the last days to help defeat America and Israel and usher in the return of the Mahdi. And it makes clear the Iranians believe that time is fast approaching.
The end times prophecy referenced in the video is about the return of the 12th Imam, or the Mahdi, that Shi'ite Muslims believe will return to usher in the end of the world.
It's long been reported that Ahmadinejad has a strange obsession with the coming of the Mahdi, including putting forward the idea of building a road to Tehran from the Jamkaran mosque for the Mahdi to walk on when he makes his return.
Mix that lunacy in with Ahmadinejad's single minded march to acquire a nuke and what results is very scary stuff.
As a candidate, President Obama was all about diplomacy and his perception of his own ability to talk evil regimes down from a scenario requiring military action. Times, and legal strategies, have seemingly changed with Obama's bombing of Libya. How else can he justify this quote of his from 2008?
The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.
Now that President Obama has widened the scope for military intervention and expanded his understanding of executive power, will Obama use military strikes to stop Iran's fundamentalist regime?
Will the reports of how Iran views the uprisings in the Middle East (though not its own which it has crushed violently) cause Obama to see Iran as a real threat?
As a candidate, Obama said he didn't see Iran as much of threat when compared to the Soviet Union:
I mean think about it. Iran, Cuba, Venezuela – these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don't pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us.
Here's Obama in June 2009 when Iran was violently crushing the peaceful protests:
“I have always felt that, as odious as I feel some of President Ahmadinejad's statements [are], as deep as the differences that exist between the United States and Iran on core issues, the use of tough hard headed diplomacy, diplomacy without illusions, is critical when it comes to pursuing a core set of national security interests…We will continue to pursue a tough direct dialogue between our two countries.”
Will Obama change his tune now that he has bombed Qadhafi over attacks on protesters? Has he received enough top secret briefings that he finally understands the threat that Iran poses?
If the CBN report turns out to be true, and if American and Israeli intelligence sources believe that Ahmadinejad has a nuclear weapon and the wherewithal to deliver it, our President may well be forced to consider a fourth front in America's growing war against Islamist radicals and jihadists.
We don't hesitate for a second to say that such an attack would be the right course of action given the scenario we described above, but that doesn't make the prospect of it all any less worrisome.