This really isn't about Ron Paul. Instead it's about Patrick Clawson, Director of Research at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. WINEP is an offshoot of AIPAC so their militant pro-Israel "bona fides" are pretty solid.
Clawson recently uttered this beauty. (Sorry for the syntax. WINEP needs new writers.)
In September 2012, Clawson at a Washington Institute for Near East Policy policy forum luncheon, on the matter of building coordination between the U.S. and Israel on preventing Iran from achieving a nuclear weapon, when talking about what he called,"the traditional way of going to war", used the example of catastrophic events similar to those like the attack on Pearl Harbor, the sinking of the Lusitania, the Gulf of Tonkin, the explosion of the USS Maine, the attack on Fort Sumter, as initiators of wars, followed by the suggestion that if war with Iran is necessary, provoking a war with Iran might be best for the U.S. government's interests, whether by the U.S. itself through covert operations against the Iranians which could escalate, as he mentioned "we(U.S. government) could get nastier at that" when talking about covert operations, or provoked by someone else.
Shades of PNAC and their "catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor."
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