"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Friday, August 31, 2007

Iran and Nuclear Weapons of Peace

A concern about the effort at curtailing and/or preventing Iran and it's nuclear ambitions has always been the international community and whether or not it was going to get on board and seriously economically constrict the Islamic Republic. Well, this hasn't happened, but as Victor Davis Hanson points out this morning at NRO of the current and generally "bipartisan" policy:

"Show the world that Americans tried the European route with the EU3 (Britain, France, German) negotiations that have so far failed; let the U.N. jawbone (so what?); help Iranian dissidents and democratic reformers; keep trying to stabilize Iran’s reforming neighbors in Afghanistan and Iraq; persuade Russia, China, and India to cooperate in ostracizing Iran; galvanize global financial institutions to isolate the Iranian economy; apprise the world that an Iranian nuclear device is unacceptable — and hope all that pressure works before the theocrats have enough enriched uranium to get a bomb and, as Persian nationalists, win back public approval inside Iran."
Hanson writes of "subtle indications" that the policy is having some positive effect and admits that there is "no reason yet to believe that Iran’s megalomaniac plans are stalled," which is a bit of commonsense, yet the entire picture is somewhat more comforting that a glimmer of hope exists.

"Don't Bomb, Bomb Iran; For now, we should avoid a smoking Tehran"

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