July 13, 2006


On Iran, Giving Futility Its Chance (Robert Kagan, 13 July 2006, Washington Post)

Let's imagine, and this is purely hypothetical, that President Bush has already decided that he will not leave office in January 2009 without a satisfactory resolution of the Iranian nuclear problem. Let's imagine that he has already determined that if he cannot obtain Iran's agreement to dismantle its nuclear weapons program voluntarily and verifiably, then he will order some form of military action to destroy as much of that program as possible before he leaves. Let's imagine that he has resolved not to end his two terms in office the way Bill Clinton ended his, by leaving every major international crisis -- from Iraq to Iran to North Korea to al-Qaeda -- for his successor.
Let's say, just for the sake of argument, that Bush had made such a decision. What would he be doing right now? The answer is that he might be doing exactly what he is doing.

Kagan has hit the nail on the head, Bush will not go out like Clinton.

Posted by Pepys at July 13, 2006 12:34 AM


Posted by: erp at July 13, 2006 6:05 AM

I still don't see military action in Iran as one of his choices though. I'm not saying it's the wrong choice, just one the president would rather not go with.

Posted by: Bartman at July 13, 2006 9:19 AM

Maybe President Bush should send President Ahmadinejad one of these to show just how serious he is.

Posted by: Rick T. at July 13, 2006 10:08 AM