On Sean Hannity’s Fox News show last night, two conservative panelists said President Obama would start a war with Iran in a strictly politically-motivated act in order to wag-the-dog and garner support for his 2012 re-election bid. The accusations came from Fox News contributor Angela McGlowan and former Sen. Alfonse D’Amato (R-NY).
“I say he starts a war with Iran before the election which will make it very hard for the Republican to win,” Donald Trump predicted (again) on Hannity’s radio show yesterday morning. “I think it’s going to happen.” On Fox News Channel, Hannity put the question to his guests:
HANNITY: Do you believe he would do that?
MCGLOWAN: This man would do anything. He’s Machiavellian. He would do anything to win re-election.
HANNITY: Do you agree with that, Senator?
D’AMATO: Absolutely. [...] I said I wouldn’t put it past him. He is a total political animal.
D’AMATO: And he would use that if he thought it would make a difference to get him elected.
HANNITY: …If you were right and Trump were right and Angela were right it would be the single biggest abuse of power in American history that I can think of.
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Earlier in the day on his radio show, Hannity, who dedicated an entire episode in March to a hawkish documentary, was less ambiguous about the need to attack Iran, without discussing political motives. “The answer is not to be reactive but to be proactive, which means you respond earlier,” he said. In other words, he spoke approvingly of the same action he said a few hours later would be “the single biggest abuse of power in American history.”