Skip to comments.Obama’s Losing Bet on Iran (NYT Op-Ed Max Boot)
Posted on 01/15/2014 2:43:38 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee
WASHINGTON A great deal of diplomatic attention over the next few months will be focused on whether the temporary nuclear deal with Iran can be transformed into a full-blown accord. President Obama has staked the success of his foreign policy on this bold gamble. But discussion about the nuclear deal has diverted attention from an even riskier bet that Obama has placed: the idea that Iran can become a cooperative partner in regional security.
Although they wont say so publicly, Mr. Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry surely dream of a Nixon to China masterstroke. They are quietly pursuing a strategic realignment that, they believe, will end decades of semi-open warfare between Iran and the United States and their respective allies. In our view, the Obama administration wants to see in its place a concert of great powers Russia, America, the European nations and Iran working together to stabilize the Middle East as in the 19th century, when the Concert of Europe worked together to stabilize that Continent.
As a first step, Mr. Kerry has made no secret of his desire to involve Iran in Syrian peace talks, scheduled to convene next week in Geneva. And much more than previous administrations, this one has refrained from countering Iranian machinations in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.
There are two main reasons for this attempted shift. One is simply the desire of the president to extricate the United States from the Middle East. The other reason, arguably more important, is fear of Al Qaeda: The White House undoubtedly sees Iran and its Shiite allies as potential partners in the fight against Sunni jihadism.
The Obama strategy is breathtakingly ambitious. It is also destined to fail. . .
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The were trading jet plans for promises.
The paths of 0bama and success are skew.
If it harms Israel or the U.S., Hussein calls it good.
Obama is an ass clown, and we will be lucky if we survive his remaining time in office.
We’re in the unpleasant predicament of choosing between al-Qaeda and Iran because we followed the advice of people like Max Boot who assured us that all would be sunshine and roses if we would only remove Saddam Hussein from the scene. Thus we should take the analysis of Mr. Boot with a hefty bit of skepticism. And Boot must have forgotten the early days of the Afghan war when the Iranians, acting in their own interest, provided quiet cooperation in the fight against the Taliban.
0bamas insanity with regard to Iran is going to end up with a couple of very blue cities being turned into smoking, glowing, uninhabitable holes.
I’m sure that Obama said to the Iranians “Don’t call my bluff”.
The White House undoubtedly sees Iran and its Shiite allies as potential partners in the fight against Sunni jihadism.B.S. -- the Morsi regime's only allies in the region were Qatar, Iran, Turkey, and the jihadists in Benghazi. Zero picked Plugs for his running mate, and Plugs has been a creature of the mullahs for years.
Contrary to the article, obama and Iran does have a common enemy. That enemy is the American people.