Washington Post Idiocy: Calls for War With Iran to Save America’s Economy
by George Washington
As many writers have documented, the corporate media is usually pro-war. See this.
And so Washington Post hack David Broder’s op-ed arguing that war with Iran will save America’s economy is not all that surprising.
Of course, China and Russia might not sit idly by and let their ally, Iran, be attacked. So there’s the wee complication that bombing Iran could start WWIII.
And, of course, attacking Iran would increase the level of terrorism.
But forget politics and national security.
Broder is also plain wrong on the economics.
In a blog entry entitled “Has David Broder Lost His Mind?,” Foreign Policy managing editor Blake Hounshell writes that Broder’s proposal is “crazy for a number of reasons.”
One is that markets don’t like tensions, and certainly not the kind that jack up oil prices. Second, World War II brought the United States out of the Great Depression because it was a massive economic stimulus program that mobilized entire sectors of society. Today’s American military has all the tools it needs to fight Iran, and there isn’t going to be any sort of buildup. Hasn’t Broder been reading his own newspaper? The Pentagon is looking to find billions in cuts as it confronts the coming world of budget austerity.
And as I have repeatedly pointed out, “military Keynesianism” – that is, launching wars to stimulate the economy, doesn’t work.