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Friday, May 26, 2006

Iran so far away

Please read Charles Krauthammer's column in Friday's Washington Post. I'm not always a huge fan of the sometimes sour Krauthammer, but he absolutely nails it with his explanation of why the US absolutely should not engage Iran in one-on-one negotiations, unless Europe agrees to one condition:
Entering negotiations carries with it the responsibility to do something if they fail. The E.U. Three understood that when they took on the mullahs a couple of years ago. Bilateral U.S.-Iran talks are the perfect way to get Europe off the hook. They would preempt all the current discussions about sanctions, place all responsibility for success on the negotiations and set America up to take the blame for their inevitable failure.

It is an obvious trap. We should resolutely say no.

Except on one condition. If the allies, rather than shift responsibility for this entire process back to Washington, will reassert their responsibility by pledging support for U.S. and/or coalition military action against Iran in the event that the bilateral talks fail, then we might achieve something.

You want us to talk? Fine. We will go there, but only if you arm us with the largest stick of all: your public support for military action if the talks fail. The mullahs already fear economic sanctions; they will fear European-backed U.S. military action infinitely more. Such negotiations might actually accomplish something.

That's our condition. Otherwise, the entire suggestion of bilateral talks is a ploy that should be rejected with the same contempt with which it was proposed.

Read the whole column: it's perfect. You'll love me for recommending it. Have I ever steered you wrong?

Anonymous fmragtops said...

Well, there was that one time in the bar with the three fat chicks, the weed eater, and live raccoon....

09:11  
Blogger The Cranky Insomniac said...

Hey, I told you to go with the raccoon...

09:39  
Anonymous chow-stl said...

You have never steered me wrong cranky. You have one of the best blogs on the web. Your thoughts and insights always give me pause, provoke thought, and sometimes a chuckle or two. Keep up the good work.
chow-stl

05:23  
Blogger The Cranky Insomniac said...

chow-stl -

You are clearly a person of refined taste and uncommon intellect. Kudos to you. And kudos again.

06:45  

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