April 25, 2006
THE MOTHER OF ALL GOAT ROPES
Caption: Not a bad idea, but it might not work.
Sometimes it seems to El Cabrero that the people in charge of US foreign policy have a gnawing fear that they haven't messed up the world as much as humanly possible. When that happens, it seems like they redouble their efforts to make things even worse.
A case in point is the US response to Iran and its nuclear program. In the April 17th New Yorker, Seymour Hersh describes plans of the Bush administration to attack Iran. According to Hersh, "The Bush Administration, while publicly advocating diplomacy in order to stop Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapons, has increased clandestine activities inside Iran and intensified planning for a possible major air attack."
The attack, if it happens, may even include nuclear weapons. That ought to make the world safe, huh?
At a time when the US military is already severely strained due to the ill advised war in Iraq, it's hard to believe that the people running the show are dreaming of another military strike as a first resort. However, according to the online Financial Times, diplomacy isn't much of a priority. "One of the US government's top advisers has rebuffed European calls for Washington to negotiate directly with Iran over Tehran's nuclear program."
Diplomacy without talking...that should be interesting.
Katrina showed what happens when the people running the government don't believe the government can do anything and act accordingly. In this case, we're seeing what happens when the people in charge of diplomacy don't believe diplomacy can do anything and act accordingly.
Really, it isn't about being "hard" or "soft" on national security. It's about being smart about it. Anyone, anywhere, always has the power to make a bad situation worse. It takes some more finesse to make it better.
Where are the grown-ups?
GOAT ROPE ADVISORY LEVEL: WAY UP THERE
by El Cabrero