May 24, 2008

THE FUNDAMENTALIST FAITH IN REASON:

The Appeasement Paradox: Conservatives say reasoning with foreign dictators... (Matthew Yglesias, May 23, 2008, American Prospect)

You're likely to be laughing to hard at that bit of the subheading to read any further. In truth, you won't miss much. But there is this gem.

The truth, however, is that conservatives don't just make this mistake over and over again, they fundamentally don't understand the use of diplomacy. McCain describes Iran as "an implacable foe of the United States" but the truth is that the Iranian government made several post-September 11 overtures to the U.S. seeking to improve relations.

It's hard to know whether he's just unaware that Iran has a different government than it did when that offer was made or mistakenly views Iran as being governed by one monolithic regime, irrespective of internal politics. But, we do know he thinks you can reason with a guy whose delusions that he is in communication with the Hidden Imam have forced Iranian clerics to denounce him.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 24, 2008 6:31 AM
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Or that those overtures were the result of the policy he is ridiculing, or that the US has been talking with Iran straight through. Obama's idiocy isn't offering diplomacy. Everyone lets their diplomats talk, that's what they're their for. Obama's idiocy is offering immediate presidential level talks without precondition -- an idea so stupid that he has to be lying about it for the benefit of the Yglesias of the world.

Posted by: Ibid at May 24, 2008 8:34 AM
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