WSJ, Notable & Quotable January 30, 2010
Richard Haass now favors regime change in Iran
Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, in Newsweek's Feb. 1 issue:
In the wake of 9/11, the Bush administration judged incorrectly that Iran was on the verge of revolution and decided that dealing directly with Tehran would provide a lifeline to an evil government soon to be swept away by history's tide. A valuable opportunity to limit Iran's nuclear program may have been lost as a result. The incoming Obama administration reversed this approach and expressed a willingness to talk to Iran without preconditions. . . . And if diplomacy failed, Obama reasoned, it would be easier to build domestic and international support for more robust sanctions. At the time, I agreed with him.
I've changed my mind. The nuclear talks are going nowhere. The Iranians appear intent on developing the means to produce a nuclear weapon; there is no other explanation for the secret uranium-enrichment facility discovered near the holy city of Qum. Fortunately, their nuclear program appears to have hit some technical snags, which puts off the need to decide whether to launch a preventive strike. Instead we should be focusing on another fact: Iran may be closer to profound political change than at any time since the revolution that ousted the shah 30 years ago. . . .
Critics will say promoting regime change will encourage Iranian authorities to tar the opposition as pawns of the West. But the regime is already doing so.
Now we know what it takes to have a brilliant career in “diplomacy.” Keep "changing mind" from one stupid, failed position to another; carefully avoid the only policies that can actually solve the problems; hope no one notices; cover tracks in Newsweek, et. al.; add to C.V.; build suit and tie collection; collect paychecks.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Epiphany: President of CFR Realizes He's an Addled Twit
Dan from New York:
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