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Iran and the Campaign

Wednesday, April 16, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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Yesterday I interviewed AEI’s Michael Rubin on Iran’s “special groups” in Iraq as well as the fanatical regime’s resolute pursuit of nukes. The transcript is here.

We talked about how the presidential campaign simply ignores the looming crisis with Iran, and the probability that Iran will attempt to influence the result of the U.S. presidential election via a Tet-like offensive in Iraq in the fall:

HH: I’m joined by Michael Rubin, who I think ought to be one of the most featured guests on the television and radio, because Iran ought to be at the center of this election, ought to be at the center of all of our conversations. But unfortunately he’s not, because we’re sleepwalking through this election. Michael Rubin, are you amazed at the lack of conversation about Iran in the political arena?

MR: I am. A lot of the discussion about Iran is really less about Iran, and more about inside the Beltway politics, which is very, very dangerous, because the Iranian threat is growing, and the nuance is important….

HH: Does Iran follow our politics to the extent that they believe that John McCain is a menace to them, and they will do what they can to get him elected, do you think?

MR: They will do what they can to hurt John McCain ahead of the election.

HH: That’s what I meant, yeah.

MR: The Iranians are extremely sophisticated.

HH: And so do you think that means a Tet-like offensive in Baghdad and around as we get close to the election in November?

MR: I believe that there will be an upsurge in violence for two reasons. One is that, and the second is that while it’s not on the headlines now, there’s supposed to be the provincial elections in October, which will be too tempting a target for the Iranians. It will be coming just a month before the U.S. elections.

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