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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Iran Policy Rift - State Doves and Cheney Hawks

The toilet Paper sees signs of a split within the Bush administration on Iran policy and that language in the President’s speech on Thursday “reflected an intense and continuing struggle between factions within his administration over how aggressively to confront Iran.

This “struggle” has been ongoing between Secretary of State Rice and her State Department diplomatic mentality and Vice President Cheney’s office. Further distinguishing between the two approaches is The Times description of State and Rice reflecting:

“the more diplomatic view advocated by the State Department, which has pushed for a more restrained tone in America’s dealings with the world in general, and Iran in particular.”

And the VP’s office as:

“Mr. Cheney and hawks in his office, however, have become increasingly frustrated with the slow pace of progress in curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions.”

One side the doves, the other hawks. Interestingly, the “dove” approach is one that has been practiced by each administration over the past 30 years, which has navigated us to the impasse of the moment. This mindset reflects the comforting belief that Iran and its leadership can be negotiated with and that Iran would in turn honor any negotiated agreements.

Mr. Cheney and hawks in his office,” have evolved from the past decades failure to resolve and/or appreciate the true nature of the Islamic Republic. Laughably the “hawks” “have become increasingly frustrated with the slow pace of progress,” of the recent pasts inability to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions; State and professional diplomats continue with practices that have proven to be a failure for three decades and Cheney and the “hawks,” time to face the reality of the dead end that believe Iran negotiable.

Professionals are quick to call the Bush policies failures, yet 30 years of doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results is not? It is high time that Iran be looked upon a little differently, perhaps for a change as the intolerant, instigator, supporter of terrorist groups like al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, et al and not an honest broker.

Iran could not speak more plainly on a daily basis of its intentions for the region with itself in the throne. When Iran denies various involvements and calls these accusations lies we should be a little less gullible and take them at the words of their usual rants, as the daily paints a more honest picture.

Us and Them

We have been lulled into viewing these facts from the wrong perspective:

“Beyond its nuclear program, Iran has emerged as an increasing source of trouble for the Bush administration, American officials said, by inflaming the insurgencies in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Gaza, where it has provided military and financial support to the militant Islamic group Hamas.”

Iran is an “increasing source of trouble for the Bush administration?” It is distinctions like this that allow for a separation of the reality of Iran’s threat to regional stability and in the greater war in general and the more comforting belief that this is just Bush’s problem; peace and levelheadedness is just around the corner.

Iran and the Greater War on Terror (label)

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