Iraq, Iran Pledge Closer Ties

Monday, June 9, 2008

Wait. I thought Iran was part of the axis of evil? Furthermore, I thought we were winning in Iraq?

This article in the New York Sun has confused me. It says that despite the fact that Iran hates America and Israel, and despite that fact that our soldiers are dying and we are spending billions of borrowed dollars there, Iraq is actually making efforts to get closer to Iran.

What’s wrong with this picture?

As America is trying to negotiate an already problematic new long-term security pact with Iraq, we hear this:

“Mr. Maliki, after arriving in Tehran, the Iranian capital, Saturday, had said his government ‘will not allow Iraq to become a platform for harming the security of Iran,’ according to the semi-official Fars News Agency.”

And, this:

“But despite American reservations, ties between the two nations continue to grow, and Iran has signed an agreement to supply electricity to Iraq and build power plants in several Iraqi cities.”

Could it be that McCain, Bush, Lieberman, and the rest of the dead-ender neocons are wrong on Iraq? Could it be that Iraq really was the biggest strategic mistake in our nation’s history and that no matter what we do there, we are screwed? Maybe I’ve got to get outside the bunker more often…this is scary…

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Obama’s Intelligent Foreign Policy

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Lost in all the ridiculous talk about appeasement (a political charge lobbed by a few, vocal Bush foreign policy dead-enders including, unfortunately, McCain), is a true understanding of Barack Obama’s foreign policy philosophy. Take it from the man himself:

“Obama would offer the Iranian regime a choice. If Iran abandons its nuclear program and support for terrorism, we will offer incentives like membership in the World Trade Organization, economic investments, and a move toward normal diplomatic relations. If Iran continues its troubling behavior, we will step up our economic pressure and political isolation.”

“Obama will launch the most aggressive diplomatic effort in recent American history to reach a new compact on the stability of Iraq and the Middle East. This effort will include all of Iraq’s neighbors – including Iran and Syria. This compact will aim to secure Iraq’s borders; keep neighboring countries from meddling inside Iraq; isolate al Qaeda; support reconciliation among Iraq’s sectarian groups; and provide financial support for Iraq’s reconstruction.”

“Obama would insulate the Director of National Intelligence from political pressure by giving the DNI a fixed term, like the Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Obama will seek consistency and integrity at the top of our intelligence community – not just a political ally.”

“Obama will reverse President Bush’s policy of secrecy. He will institute a National Declassification Center to make declassification secure but routine, efficient, and cost-effective.”

“Obama will bring foreign policy decisions directly to the people by requiring his national security officials to have periodic national broadband town hall meetings to discuss foreign policy. He will personally deliver occasional fireside chats via webcast.”

Lastly,

“When I am this party’s nominee, my opponent will not be able to say that I voted for the war in Iraq; or that I gave George Bush the benefit of the doubt on Iran; or that I supported Bush-Cheney policies of not talking to leaders that we don’t like. And he will not be able to say that I wavered on something as fundamental as whether or not it is ok for America to torture — because it is never ok… I will end the war in Iraq… I will close Guantanamo. I will restore habeas corpus. I will finish the fight against Al Qaeda. [Emphasis added] And I will lead the world to combat the common threats of the 21st century: nuclear weapons and terrorism; climate change and poverty; genocide and disease. And I will send once more a message to those yearning faces beyond our shores that says, “You matter to us. Your future is our future. And our moment is now.”

Barack Obama is a foreign policy realist with a strong, confident understanding of the world and America’s role in it. His philosophy is in the mold of T.R. Obama will speak softly and, always, because we are America, carry a big stick. Best of all, he will not continue the hysterical, fear-inspired, foreign policy failures of the Bush-McCain-Lieberman axis.

Under Obama, America will get it’s groove back.


How Goes the Appeasing, Israel?

Friday, May 30, 2008

Ha’aretz, the venerable Israeli newspaper, reports that Israel and Syria have made progress in their talks on the “contentious issues of water, security, borders and normalization of relations.” Having talked with officials from both sides, the story indicates that there is interest from Israel and Syria in advancing to the next stage of direct negotiations.

Do hysterical American neocons know about this? Israel is appeasing. Someone should stop them before peace breaks out…

In a related story, Ehud Olmert, who some have speculated initiated the talks with Syria as a wag-the-dog manuever to deflect attention from an ongoing bribery investigation, will be in the U.S. next week to meet with American politicians and address AIPAC. Many believe his tenure as Prime Minister will be over shortly. The Israeli Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni, is waiting eagerly in the wings.


Bush: Appeaser-in-Chief

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Here’s a photo of Bush holding hands with the leader of a state sponsor of terrorism.

W is telling us that begging the Saudis to produce more oil despite the fact that they continue to sponsor madrassas all over the Arab world that teach hatred of America and, that 15 out of the 19 hijackers of 9/11 were Saudi and, that Osama Bin Laden is a Saudi and, that King Abdullah has proclaimed the action in Iraq illegal and, that they’re an authoritarian state with no regard for democracy and human rights and, so on…isn’t appeasement.

Do you think he’s spoken to McCain and Holy Joe about this?