October 25, 2007

DID THE rEALISTS REALLY THINK...:

In Sanctioning Iran, U.S. Plays Its ‘Unilateralism’ Card (HELENE COOPER, 10/25/07, NY Times)(

[A]fter 18 months in which the administration has touted the virtues of collective action against Iran by the United States and its allies, the sanctions are a major turn toward unilateralism.

The shift represents a tacit acknowledgment that the diplomatic strategy pressed most vigorously by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has been ineffective, and it prompted fresh criticism on Thursday from Russia: “Why make the situation worse, bring it to a dead end, threaten sanctions or even military action?” President Vladimir V. Putin asked, in a report by Agence France-Presse.

The administration clearly hopes to enlist allies around the world in its new, tougher stance — in part because the United States, having maintained its own stiff sanctions against Iran since the Islamic revolution in 1979, does not have much leverage left itself.

The administration hopes its influence can turn Iran into a political and economic pariah from which more foreign institutions will shy away.

The sanctions will “provide a powerful deterrent to every international bank and company that thinks of doing business with the Iranian government,” Ms. Rice said.

Yet officials acknowledged that past attempts to enlist allies in limiting their business ties to Iran have come up short.


...that America would stop being a serious country just because others aren't?

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 25, 2007 9:34 PM
Comments

Actually isn't it an invitation for other countries to join us in the sanctions ... before we drop the bombs ... because they wouldn't do so?

The spirit of Rove carries on.

Posted by: genecis at October 26, 2007 8:11 AM
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