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There is one group, however, he did not blame: OPEC. OPEC controls an enormous percentage of the world oil supply; they can ease prices simply by ratcheting up production. Notice, however, that Obama hasn’t called on them to do so. Why? Because he’s waiting for Republicans to continue pushing on gas prices, making it their central campaign issue – and then he’s going to go to his newfound friends for help. He’ll go to the Russians, who “stand with him”; he’ll go to OPEC and tell them that he needs production boosted, and that in return, he’ll be more “flexible” on Israel after his re-election. Voila! Gas price problem solved, just in time for the voters to give him the credit.
Then there’s the second major threat to Obama’s re-election: Iran. If Israel attacks Iran, Obama will be stuck between a rock and a hard place. He’ll have to appease his Israel-supporting base, particularly in states like Florida and Ohio. At the same time, however, he’ll have to appease his anti-Israel far-left base, which wants to see him stick it to the Jewish State.
Obama’s only option is to delay. Thankfully, the Russians are here to help. It is the Russians who have been supplying materials to the Iranians to build their nuclear facilities. They wield tremendous power with the mullahs. And it is the Russians who have been holding up the show with regard to UN sanctions.
All Obama has to do is ask the Russians to make public pronouncements about stopping Iran from going nuclear; all he has to do is get them to sign on to one sternly-worded UN resolution against Iran. If he does, he can then make the case to the American public that he’s tough on Iran and that Israel must therefore hold off on a pre-emptive strike.
When President Obama said he needed “space” from Russia so that he could do their bidding as a lame duck president, there was another side to the deal: he needs their help to be re-election.
This is not how American elections are supposed to work – with presidents intriguing with corrupt and authoritarian world leaders who debase their own sham electoral systems to help rig our own votes. Obama has taken Chicago politics international.
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