Carol Platt Liebau: Sad Signals

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Sad Signals

According to this report, hawks are leaving the Pentagon along with Donald Rumsfeld, and the idea of convening a "regional peace conference" -- and talking with Iran about its role in Iraq -- are on the table.

The hope for the proponents of an America- Iran dialogue is that negotiations could persuade the mullahs to use their influence in Iraq to help end the cycle of ethnic violence. At the same time however, the talks could be seen as a tacit acceptance of Iran's continued enrichment of uranium.

James Baker believes in "talking" with one's enemies. Well, that's all well and good, so long as talking will actually achieve something positive that's worth any disadvantages it incurs. Could someone please explain to me how tacitly accepting a nuclear Iran -- and validating Osama bin Laden's assessment of the West as weak, decadent and unwilling to fight -- is worth any "help" Iran might offer, namely, by ceasing from doing what it shouldn't be doing anyway (i.e. assisting Iraqi militants)?

No one can defeat the US military besides the U.S. itself. How discouraging that so many here seem committed to what amounts to defeat, even if it's trussed up in a pretty package.


Blogger Greg said...

I saw Benjamin Netanyahu on Hannity & Colmes last night. He was BEGGING for the United States to stop Iran. There was no diplomatic-speak at all. He simply and plainly called for Iran to be stopped - right now - even if it means military action.

Yet politicians and bureaucrats in the U.S. are looking for some "face-saving" deal to be cut with a rogue nation governed by mad men who will soon have nuclear weapons if they don't have them already.


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