Obama Playing Tiddlywinks with Iran
The Obama administration wants to delay additional sanctions on Iran to show them that we are acting in good faith. Great. Why does Obama still not understand how to negotiate with an Islamic regime?
How depressingly predictable: Iran lies and prevaricates—about the breadth of its nuclear programs; about their purpose; about the quality of its cooperation with U.N. nuclear watchdogs; about its record of sponsoring terrorism from Argentina to Bulgaria to Washington, D.C.; about its efforts to topple Arab governments (Bahrain) or colonize them (Lebanon); about its role in the butchery of Syria; about its official attitude toward the Holocaust—and the administration thinks priority No. 1 is proving its own good faith.
I have my doubts about the use of sanctions as the main tool to change Iran’s behavior. But if the administration means to use them as the weapon of choice, they should at least use them aggressively. Block quote credit Bret Stephens “How Not to Negotiate With Iran” Wall Street Journal 10/8/13
If the United States somehow survives the next three years of Obama fumbling foreign policy discussions with Iran, North Korea, Syria, et al., how long will it take the United States to re-establish President Theodore Roosevelt’s testosterone-rich “speak softly, and carry a big stick” diplomacy?