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Washington Post Political Writer David Broder Calls for War With Iran to Boost the Economy

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The neocons are everywhere.  Dean Baker describes the outrage:


Read the original piece from Broder:

What else might affect the economy? The answer is obvious, but its implications are frightening.  War and peace influence the economy.  Look back at FDR and the Great Depression.  What finally resolved that economic crisis? World War II.

Here is where Obama is likely to prevail. With strong Republican support in Congress for challenging Iran's ambition to become a nuclear power, he can spend much of 2011 and 2012 orchestrating a showdown with the mullahs.  This will help him politically because the opposition party will be urging him on. And as tensions rise and we accelerate preparations for war, the economy will improve.

I am not suggesting, of course, that the president incite a war to get reelected.  But the nation will rally around Obama because Iran is the greatest threat to the world in the young century.  If he can confront this threat and contain Iran's nuclear ambitions, he will have made the world safer and may be regarded as one of the most successful presidents in history.


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Reader Comments (5)

Well there's a novel solution to high unemployment, just kill off some Americans. I nominate Broder for mine-clearing duty.
Nov 4, 2010 at 10:18 PM | Unregistered CommenterChris
The greatest threat to the world are war-mongers. It gets specially scary when these sociopaths start to sell their disease as the only possibility for economic recovery. The economic acceleration after WW2 was caused by the Space race between the Soviets and us. Too bad we don't have a space program worth mentioning anymore. BTW we don't have an economy worth mentioning either. Strangely coincidental, because we did have several wars going on (Korea, Vietnam, Gulf 1, Iraq, Afghanistan) Without such economic progress. I considder this proof that these Sociopath war-mongers are WRONG from the get go.
Nov 5, 2010 at 5:22 PM | Unregistered Commenterfliteshare
Too many people are lost in symbols and words and, like actors playing roles, believe in their scripts.

What finally "got us out of the Great Depression?"

a) Roosevelt's New Deal
b) World War II
c) We were out of the Great Depression by 1939
d) non of the above
e) all of the above

The answer is actually c) as almost every economic historian can verify.

But everyone believes b) and will not, will never, be persuaded they are wrong.

True of False: The Smoot-Hawley tariff act was a major cause of the Great Depression.

The answer is False, again as almost any economic historian will verify.

Foreign trade represented only about 5% of GDP in 1930 and after Smoot-Hawley it went down to 2.5%. Not exactly a good thing for the world economy but not a major cause of the Great Depression.

(Today, foreign trade represents a far larger portion of the economy and multinational tariffs WOULD be very bad for the world economy.)

As long as people believe in historical cliches and lies, they will spout political nonsense.

Why is there universal silence about the Middle East wars when people bring up balancing the budget and reigning in Government spending?

The answer is obvious. Benighted people everywhere think wars stimulate economies. That's one reason why they don't bring up the Middle East wars when talking about government spending.

But people don't listen to truth they listen to names like David Broder.
Nov 5, 2010 at 5:40 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames Street
It is amazing that loud mouths who call for war never have a military background. I just do not believe that those that understand the pain of war would make such a stupid statement. Yes war is good for the economy but mostly it makes a very few very rich. Richard Perl who wrote a white paper called operation clean break called for regime change in every nation in the middle east and replacement with governments more to the desire of his beloved Israel. Israel has never been more unsafe because they follow this corrupt individual with Iran now having direct influence on the borders of Israel. Richard Perl is making a ton of money off the oil industry of Iraq. One has to wonder if otherwise smart people of Israel just followed a fool much to their danger. Bruder is just another loud mouth given exposure because those who desire more war let his voice on the public media. It has been this way at least since we were talked into that useless conflect in Europe in 1917 which lead to the disaster of WWII. All the problems in the middle east was the cause of the loud mouths who launched a war to establish a new nation which would have been created with peace if the only waited a couple days. War mongers have the blood of million on this soul but they have tons of money so they do not care.
Nov 7, 2010 at 8:30 AM | Unregistered CommenterTom Dee
How about a war on Warmongers ?

Could help the economy AND get rid of the warmongers.

What else could we wish for ?
Jan 25, 2011 at 5:40 PM | Unregistered Commenterfliteshare

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