September 13, 2009

NOT THAT IT'S FAIR TO EXPECT SOMEONE SO INEXPERIENCED TO GRASP IT...:

U.S Government Jumps Voluntarily into Iran’s Trap, Pulls in Europeans, Too (Barry Rubin, 9/13/09, Rubin Reports)

The great French diplomatist Talleyrand put it best: "That's worse than a crime, it's a mistake."

By accepting the Iranian proposal for negotiations, the Obama Administration has just made the most important foreign policy decision of its term so far. And it is a very bad mistake, a very bad one indeed. [...]

[I]t gets worse. After all, what does the Iranian offer, entitled “Cooperation, Peace and Justice,” say? Well, it calls for a reform of the UN to abolish the veto powers, a Middle East peace settlement without Israel’s existence, and universal nuclear disarmament, the last being another idea with which Obama saddled U.S. policy.


....but the UR fails to comprehend that at the point "negotiations" between states begin, one has always already lost. In this instance, talks are a de facto recognition of a nuclear Iran governed by an unelected regime led by Ahmedinejad. Those are all of Mahmoud's goals already conceded.

Of course, Mr. Obama also doesn't grasp that the talks don't ultimately matter. Iran's immediate future lies more in Bibi's hands than in his own.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 13, 2009 7:41 AM
blog comments powered by Disqus
« THE QUESTION IS NOT WHETHER THEY'LL ATTACK THEIR OWN PRECEDENTS TOO STRONGLY...: | Main | VAN WHO?: »