The political calendar probably will determine whether President Barack Obama supports attacking Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, national security expert Andrew McCarthy tells Newsmax.TV.
The president’s policies on major issues such as Obamacare, the supercommittee impasse, and Iran have become fully subjugated to his single-minded drive to win re-election, said McCarthy, the former assistant U.S. attorney in New York City who also is an author and columnist.
“It has all been scheduled in such a way that he can try to present himself to the electorate as a pragmatic centrist,” McCarthy said in the exclusive Newsmax interview. “And all of the alarms will go off after the election, when it’s too late. But I think right now it’s quite obvious — it should be obvious to everyone — that their big priority is to get re-elected. And they will do almost nothing to be diverted from that.”
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With this in mind, McCarthy said Obama’s response to an Israeli attack on Iran could be muted, depending on when it occurs.
“If it does get down to late in this election season, and it’s a close election, I don’t think Obama can afford to give Israel that hard a time” if it attacked Iran, McCarthy told Newsmax. “On the other hand, I think he has tried to put distance between the United States and Israel. And if he gets a second term, I would expect that to be much more bluntly obvious than it is now.”
Obama and his predecessors in the Oval Office blundered by not calling out Iran as America’s enemy No. 1, McCarthy said.
“What I don’t understand is why we do not in a very unambiguous way to make it clear that we consider Iran to be the enemy of the United States, that we want regime change in Iran,” he said. “And that we organize every lever of American foreign policy, whether it’s diplomacy, the military — any policy whatsoever that we have that touches on Iran, the organizing principle should be that we want that regime gone, just as when Ronald Reagan was out president, the defeat of the Soviet Union was our national imperative. And it had a very good organizing effect on what our policy was downstream.”
McCarthy, who led the successful prosecution of the terrorists who carried out the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, said the United States should focus on regime change in Iran, regardless of the Persian theocracy’s progress in building a nuclear weapon.
“We need to totally rethink this. The nukes are a big problem because of the regime that will have the nukes,” he said.
McCarthy, author of “The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America,”
also warned that, if the administration waits until after the 2012 election to confront Iran, “it will probably be too late to stop a nuclear-armed Iran.”
“I imagine that they’re very close,” he said of Iran’s effort to obtain nuclear-weapon capability. “We ought to assume that they’re very close. I’d rather be pleasantly surprised, than alarmed.”
Other highlights from the exclusive Newsmax.TV interview with McCarthy:
America’s greatest vulnerability is the “failure to come to grips with the fact that the Islamist threat to us is dueled by Islamic ideology. The failure to understand, or even try to understand what it is that motivates the people who want to kill Americans leaves us very vulnerable to attack from the outside, and particularly vulnerable to attack from the inside.”
The fact that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney seems to have hit a ceiling of about 20 percent of the GOP primary electorate indicates he has yet to close the deal with Republicans, despite the rise and fall of several more conservative rivals.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is a credible conservative alternative to Romney, in part because this election will be about Obama’s economic policies, no matter how hard the president tries to switch the public’s focus onto the Republican nominee, McCarthy said.
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