I earlier speculated that Washington would be more likely to instigate drawn-out, fruitless “negotiations” with the OWS protesters rather than bring out the tanks to brutalize them, especially considering we are in campaign season. However, if they had ever planned to do so, they missed the window of opportunity, as the whole thing has gone global.
Perhaps Justin Raimondo is right in speculating that the fake Iranian plot was created (or at least used) to attempt to create a distraction large enough to sweep the OWS movement off the streets. If so, I think it was very ill-advised. While the fear of an evil enemy and the desire to punish someone solidified large masses behind Bush, too much time has gone by, the people have grown weary and lost some blood lust over the years, and their personal fortunes are still declining. I’m afraid the threat of engaging Iran in war (particularly since Iran’s abilities to defend itself outstrip those of Iraq and Afghanistan – and look how well those countries are resisting), added to the latest engagement in Africa, would be more likely to have the opposite effect, driving more people into the streets to protest.
Of course, I have no idea what’s really going on in the heads of those bubble dwellers in Washington, other than gaining or retaining power. And that does tend to make them blind and insane. Perhaps Obama is indeed looking to FDR's example, and sees the possibilities of war rationing dovetailing into his pretty talk about having the rich "share the burden."
....hey, do what you want....you will anyway.