From Iran with Love


Filed Under General on Nov 6 

OK, wallets aside. The President’s number one job is Commander in Chief. Article 2, Section 2 also says something about treaties, ambassadors, and other trivial matters. What will President Obama do with Iran? Will he appreciate the fact that it is at war with the US? Will his administration use its resources to strengthen the Iranian majority that wants revolution? Maybe a good Head of State heart-to-heart talk will help iron out our differences.

In an August speech, adapted for Imprimis as “Understanding Iran,” Michael Ledeen said,

In fact, we have been talking to the Iranians, almost non-stop, for 30 years. There isn’t an American president from Jimmy Carter to the present who has not authorized negotiations with Iran. The classic case occurred during the Clinton administration. We ended all kinds of sanctions against Iran, let all kinds of Iranians into the U.S. for the first time since the 1970s, had sporting matches with the Iranians, hosted Iranian cultural events, and unfroze Iranian bank accounts. Then President Clinton and Secretary of State Albright started publicly apologizing to Iran for this and that. But when all was said and done, Ali Khamenei reminded everyone that Iran is in a state of war with the U.S., and that was the end of negotiations. This is what has happened every single time we have tried talking to or appeasing Iran.

Elsewhere in the article, Ledeen says that Iran is “tailor-made for the same political strategy that toppled the Soviet empire.” If only we had some allies in surrounding countries. Hmm.

Personally, I have felt for years that, though unstated, Iran is the real target of the Bush administration’s actions in the Middle East.  Maybe it’s not worth it. Maybe Bush isn’t smart enough. But that’s my theory and I’m sticking with it. Will President Obama?