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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Henry Kissinger and George Shultz, "The Iran Deal and Its Consequences": Coaxing Obama Down From His Tree

In a Wall Street Journal opinion piece entitled "The Iran Deal and Its Consequences," Henry Kissinger and George Shultz yesterday diplomatically concluded:

"Until clarity on an American strategic political concept is reached, the projected nuclear agreement will reinforce, not resolve, the world’s challenges in the region. Rather than enabling American disengagement from the Middle East, the nuclear framework is more likely to necessitate deepening involvement there—on complex new terms. History will not do our work for us; it helps only those who seek to help themselves."

Or stated otherwise, a nuclear deal with Iran will not provide Obama with a legacy of the kind Nixon established for himself by seeking to normalize relations with China. Quite the contrary, Obama, a foreign policy naif, has embarked on a mission of self-aggrandizement, which is apt to spawn disaster, i.e. turn nuclear arms into conventional weapons.

One can only wonder what Kissinger and Shultz would have added had they known of Iranian President Rouhani's televised declaration today that "We will not sign any deal unless all sanctions are lifted on the same day."

No less remarkable was Marie Harf's attempt on Tuesday to explain away Obama's admission that after 13 years of signing a deal with Iran, "breakout times would have shrunk almost down to zero."

It just can't get any worse.

1 comment:

  1. It seems Rouhani just killed any deal with his demand that sanctions be lifted before anything gets signed (?).

    Perhaps China and Pakistan want those sanctions lifted for the Gwadar/Balochistan port/pipeline project to proceed:

    JG: it can get worse because America is 'governed'
    by lawyers who reject the realities of both history and geography. and a news media that mostly parrots talking points.