Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Failure Of Engagement

It's become pretty clear that Obama's policy of engagement with Iran hasn't borne any fruit, which means it has been about as effective as Bush's policy. And perhaps even worse because the Iranians, as far as I can tell, have become even more belligerent. But I'm not sure that's a result of the change in policy.

Anyway, I think we can safely say that the insidious theory popular among naive morons that American foreign policy is the root of all problems in the international arena has been disproven. The Iranians, from what I can tell, were offered an honest attempt at some sort of reconciliation by the Obama Administration and they thrust it aside.

(Certainly, the domestic political situation has affected the calculus in some ways, but engagement was never going to work and unsurprisingly didn't.)


George Pal said...

“the insidious theory popular among naive morons that American foreign policy is the root of all problems”

As best as I can make it out I’d say we have dueling insidious theories both of them popular among competing groups of na├»ve morons.

The first, you allude to: American Culpability; one moron’s answer to what’s wrong with the world. The second insidious theory: American Exceptionalism; another moron’s answer for the cure for what ails the world.
Neither side seems capable of understanding that some problems are intractable and others none of our business – but then I guess that’s what makes them morons.

Anonymous said...

George, toss another *naive* moron onto the pile, the UN:

"The Associated Press-today,

"VIENNA-The UN nuclear agency on Thursday expressed concern for the first time that Iran may currently be working on ways to turn enriched uranium into a nuclear warhead, instead of having stopped several years ago.

"Its report appears to contradict an assessment by Washington that Tehran suspended such activities in 2003. It appears to jibe with the concerns of several U.S. allies that Iran may never have suspended such work.

"The U.S. assessment itself may be revised and is currently being looked at again by American intelligence agencies..."

Hmmn..maybe, just maybe axis of evil wasn't too over the top, rhetorically speaking, for former President George Bush to describe Iran...a nuclear bomb is still considered a weapon of mass destruction,isn't it?

History may be kinder to Bush than it will be to Reagan....

Mrs. P

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