January 20, 2005


Condoleeza Rice's Doublespeak (Juan Cole, Informed Consent)

Rice responded concerning Iran that it was hard to have an engagement with a country that wanted to see Israel destroyed. It is such a simple-minded thing to say. Uh, let me see. In the 1980s wasn't it the Khomeini regime that sold Israel petroleum in exchange for spare parts for its American weaponry? Wasn't it the Israelis who put Reagan up to the Iran-Contra scandal by suggesting that the US ship TOWs to Iran in return for an end to the Lebanese hostage crisis? Even when it was more radical, and despite all the rhetoric, Iran was willing to deal with Israel in ways that helped the latter enormously.

It is true that some Iranian leaders, like Rafsanjani, say frightening things about Israel. But Rafsanjani has no executive power, and when he was president he didn't actually act on such sentiments. The point of engaging the Iranian regime would be to gradually ween it away from such extremism. Iran hasn't launched any aggressive wars in the region, or threatened to use weapons of mass destruction, unlke some other countries (the US had full diplomatic relations with Iraq in the 1980s at a time when it had done both of these things.) I am very uncomfortable in having US national security policy and diplomacy dictated by how politicians in a country talk about our non-Nato allies (with whom, by the way, we do not even have a mutual defense pact). And I am very suspicious that now that Iraq is a basket case, all of a sudden Ariel Sharon is calling on the US to attack Iran.

If Rice is going to be a successful Secretary of State, she simply has to get back control of US foreign policy from the Likudniks in the Bush administration.

Yeah, if not for the dang Jews George W. Bush wouldn't care about Iran having Nukes.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 20, 2005 3:52 PM

Another naif who thinks that the President shold be subservient to his cabinet appointees.

Posted by: ray at January 20, 2005 4:14 PM

You're welcome.

Posted by: David Cohen at January 20, 2005 4:59 PM

"Likudniks?" Is that Juan Cole, or Pat Buchanan who wrote that article?

(Say, . . . you ever notice that you never see Juan Cole and Pat Buchanan in the same place at the same time?)

Posted by: Mike Morley at January 20, 2005 6:40 PM

Sadly, they could easily be in different places. Anti-Semites seem to have had a resurgence since 9/11 -- after all, it's easier to blame 13 million than one and a quarter billion people.

Posted by: Arnold Williams at January 20, 2005 7:35 PM

It's 2 billion Arnold, I know, I watched Free Speech TV last night about arabs being forced to register and that's what 1 said and you know they never, never lie.

Posted by: Sandy P at January 20, 2005 7:49 PM

Professor Cole really needs to get together with Doug Ireland to pen an article on the Jewish influence on George W. Bush so they can put their minds together and really put all their ideas out on the table in one place for all to see.

Posted by: John at January 20, 2005 8:30 PM

Juan Cole is a loathsome creep. He comes up with some new atrocity every day. his basic line is pro-communist, hate America, support any Muslim who is killing Americans, bash Jews as rootless cosmopolitans.

The best thing to do is ignore him. he is not to be taken seriously

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 20, 2005 10:47 PM

I like to bash Michigan alumni friends of mine about Juan Cole just as I like to bash Northwestern types about AJ Butz. Of course, they bash me for Chomsky.

We all have our crosses to bear.

Posted by: Bart at January 21, 2005 2:01 PM