Tancredo Thinks Obama Will Launch Military Strike on Israel

Every day I read claims made by far-right “thinkers” and wonder to myself just how demented, how deranged, how utterly disconnected from reality someone has to be to take such claims seriously. Here’s another example: Tom Tancredo thinks Obama is going to launch a military attack on Israel on behalf of Iran. Seriously.

Would anyone be surprised to see this headline in the spring or summer of 2016: “Obama orders U.S. military attack on Israel / blocks Israeli strike at Iran / Iran grateful“?

Like it or not, there is an increasing likelihood we will see that kind of headline before Obama leaves office.

I think pretty much everyone would be surprised by that other than people like you, whose brains are picked by decades of being soaked in a brine of paranoia, self-delusion and a crying need to demonize your opponents.

President Obama’s treasonous sellout to the Iran nuclear program is only the latest chapter in his betrayals of America and our allies in the face of Iran’s Islamist ambitions. A U.S. military attack on Israel would have been unthinkable under any other president, but it is now quite conceivable.

There are two reasons we need to take that possibility seriously. First, it is entirely consistent with Obama’s pattern of pro-Iran policies and actions. Secondly, there is no one standing in his way…

Who or what would stop Obama from attacking Israel? A Republicans Party that is already throwing in the towel on the Iran nuclear agreement? Republican leaders who will not even utter the word “impeachment” no matter how unconstitutional Obama’s actions? Republican presidential candidates who can’t even make a strong case for secure borders?

There is good reason why Obama does not fear the Republican-controlled Congress. Why should he? Does the snake fear the mouse?

Tancredo’s connection to reality isn’t tenuous, it’s non-existent. He could have predicted that Reptilians from the hollow earth would come to the surface and attack Israel and that would have been no less credible than this claim.

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  • John Pieret

    Who or what would stop Obama from attacking Israel?

    Bipartisan majorities of Congress? In case he hasn’t noticed both parties court the “Jewish vote,” though not enough to think the solution is to nuke the rest of the Mideast.

  • otrame

    What gets me is that they say things like “Obama thinks he is a king” and “Obama wants to be a dictator”. And they say things like “Obama will do this and that horrible thing”. As if all he has to do is say “Make it so,” and it will happen, no matter how illegal. They live in a very weird place.

    Not that Presidents haven’t done illegal things, but they had to hide those things or they couldn’t get away with them. Attacking Israel “for Iran” couldn’t exactly be secret. Now, secretly and illegally selling guns to Iran so that the proceeds could be secretly used to support extreme right-wing governments in Central America (which was also illegal) is more the sort of things that Presidents might do. While admittedly Reagan did get away with that, he didn’t get to continue it once it was revealed.

  • kenn

    Tom Tancredo thinks Obama is going to launch a military attack on Israel on behalf of Iran.

    No, he doesn’t. He just wants the rubes who actually take him seriously to believe Obama would do something that crazy so they’ll vote Republican in 2016.

    He’s lying. Just like Rush, Hannity, Beck and the rest of the inhabitants of the right wing sewer. They lie every day in the service of their corporate masters.

  • joe321

    I for one welcome our reptilian overlords from Hollow Earth!

  • Jeremy Shaffer

    I wouldn’t find that headline surprising at all; assuming it was on a site like Alex Jone’s or WND. Almost anywhere else then, yeah, total surprise.

  • marcus

    Ed:

    “He could have predicted that Reptilians from the hollow earth would come to the surface and attack Israel and that would have been no less credible than this claim.”

    I actually think it is more likely.

  • Michael Heath

    otrame writes:

    . . . secretly and illegally selling guns to Iran so that the proceeds could be secretly used to support extreme right-wing governments in Central America (which was also illegal) is more the sort of things that Presidents might do. While admittedly Reagan did get away with that, he didn’t get to continue it once it was revealed.

    The events you reference here were done by the Reagan Administration. I don’t recall compelling evidence emerging that President Reagan knowingly participated. Certainly the country should, and did, condemn Mr. Reagan for the actions of his administration; and prosecute those who participated. But it’s not right to baldly assert responsibility for events to anyone without evidence.

  • colnago80

    Re Michael Heath @ #7

    Saith Captain Philip Francis Queeg, captain of the USS Caine: The captain of a ship is responsible for everything that happens on that ship, every god damn thing.

  • theguy

    “First, it is entirely consistent with Obama’s pattern of pro-Iran policies and actions”

    Like continuing sanctions on Iran and selling Iron Dome weapons to Israel. Oh wait…

  • cconti

    I get so tired of this people and their mental illness .

  • lorn

    Typical us/them thinking: You are either with us, worthy and so worthy of forgiveness for any sins, or you are with them, unworthy, completely unworthy of any forgiveness or consideration, and allied with the greater evil and so capable of any evil imaginable.

  • jnorris

    Does MR Tancredo really have to remind all of you snickering lefties that Pres Obama dropped a nuclear bomb on South Carolina? You’ve already forgot about that.

  • marcus

    @^ I miss South Carolina.

  • Al Dente

    colonoscopy80 @8

    Captain Philip Francis Queeg, captain of the USS Caine

    Actually he was Lieutenant Commander Queeg, a fictional character.

  • mithrandir

    I remember when Tancredo was pushing the idea that Hezbollah was operating terrorist camps in Mexico with the intent of crossing our “undefended” border. I expect he’s still on that one, only now it’s ISIS rather than Hezbollah. (I know I’ve seen other RWNJs pushing the ISIS camps bullshit, and if he hasn’t heard it yet, it’s only a matter of time before he jumps on that bandwagon.)

  • grumpyoldfart

    Probably no more than 10% of the population will believe that story. About thirty million people. What harm could they do?

  • StevoR

    In grudging fairness to the still very wildly wrong Tancredo what he suggested here actually was :

    Would anyone be surprised to see this headline in the spring or summer of 2016: “Obama orders U.S. military attack on Israel / blocks Israeli strike at Iran / Iran grateful“?

    Two of those things are absurd but the third is reasonably likely i.e.

    “Obama orders U.S. military attack on Israel / blocks Israeli strike at Iran / Iran grateful“?

    I definitely cannot see Obama using the US military against Israel (or Iran with slightly less certainty for that matter*) but I can see him preventing Israel from attacking Iran diplomatically – and with threat to end aid to Israel, lift the US veto at the UN etc ..

    * I think Obama is going to be very unlikely to order the US military to attack anywhere other than where its is presently engaged. I don’t think Obama wants any more new wars. I hope not and, assuming that’s true, I agree with him on thatand think a majority of Americans do too.

  • nothere

    Al Dente @ 14

    The captain of a naval ship is always referred to as “Captain” regardless of his actual rank. And just because it is fiction doesn’t mean it’s untrue.