Seamanship Quotation

“In political activity, then, men sail a boundless and bottomless sea; there is neither harbour for shelter nor floor for anchorage, neither starting-place nor appointed destination.”
— from Michael Oakeshott's
Political Education” (1951)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Just imagine: A US election-year deal with Iran

In 1980, Democrat Jimmy Carter was humiliated by an extremist Iranian government and, consequently, thrown out of the presidency by a righteous Republican. Imagine the impact on US politics if Democrat Barack Obama, with his European allies, now reaches an agreement with Iran that allows for the peaceful development of nuclear power in Iran, comprehensive inspection, and the lifting of Western economic sanctions. 
Richard Nixon could go to China; after all, it was a Democrat who “lost” China in the first place. But can Obama make peace with Iran? Must America, after 32 years, continue to wait for a new generation of Republican neo-cons to finish the job?
Robert Wright, Pulitzer prize–winning senior editor at The Atlantic notes that the conservative Washington Times is already insisting that Obama stand down and let things continue to fester. In “The Iran Hawks’ Latest Misleading Meme,” Wright predicts:  
“In this mission the Times will be joined by many allies on the right. So prepare yourself for warnings about how Iran is getting "the upper hand," as the Times put it, in the negotiations. If a deal starts to look likely, we may hear that Iran is "thumbing its nose" at us or that America is "capitulating" or "abjectly submitting" to Iranian demands. And let's not forget those hardy perennials, "Munich" and "appeasement."
There’re few blessings ever for the peacemaker.
A credible deal, however, would carry one crass consolation for the president: Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney wouldn’t call it honorable, but they’d have little left to say about souring oil prices.

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