Thursday, June 08, 2006
Dishonor and War
Michael Ledeen decries the latest steps toward entering into “fruitful negotiations” with
Ledeen rightfully observes that, in lieu of actually deploying former President Bill Clinton to stage a replay of our Nuclear Negotiating Strategy with
Ledeen captures the foolishness in a series of easy-to-grasp nutshells:
We have actually set a clever trap for ourselves. The carrots are precisely what negotiations were supposed to be all about, and here we’ve offered them in advance of talks. The Iranians are certainly smart enough to say “well, that’s interesting, and maybe if you make the pot a bit more caloric, we might even agree to suspend enrichment. Let’s talk about it.” The Europeans and our statesmen will declare a diplomatic triumph and they will say to Bush that we do indeed have to talk about it, and then we will have lost even this little gambit. We will have undertaken negotiations, and the Iranians will not have ceased enrichment. We will still not have an
The political consequences of such foolishness are very hard to calculate, but it is certain that any Iranian contemplating risking his or her life on behalf of a free
Would you not do the same in their position? Of course you would, and you would do it even if you were not a fanatic, you would do it if you were a student of Bismarck and Clausewitz and Sun Tzu.
It’s not a choice between a fight and surrender. As Ledeen observes, it’s a question of when and under what conditions we will fight. On our terms now, or under worse conditions later:
I do not believe we will surrender and give them a free hand, but our current behavior only makes the ultimate confrontation with
Ledeen concludes with a warning from Churchill, applied once upon a time in the West, when Hitler and Nazism was the gathering threat, that so many in Europe and the
At the moment, most of our leaders are trying desperately to convince themselves that there is a way out, that we can make a grand bargain, that we do not have to confront the mullahs. It is the illogic of appeasement so well described by Churchill after
Scott Ott at Scrappleface uses humor to capture the essence of the illogic. Of course the Iranians would be only to glad to avoid buying and developing their way to a nuclear weapons. But if we would be willing to give them everything they need, why, they will certainly be interested in sitting down and talking about that very thing.
Either way, they get their nukes.
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