The March Towards Iran

Are we going into Iran?  Nobody knows yet.  The Administration is doing more than hand gestures in that direction.  But, they’ve only got a year left.  And the dissent is quite vocal.

From the Boston Review:

Iran remains an autocracy, intent on repressing its people at home and threatening the interests of the United States and its regional allies. This regime deserves no respect, legitimacy, or recognition from the United States. Only a democratic Iran will become a peaceful neighbor in the Middle East and a reliable, predictable partner for the United States. American leaders and their allies must not be fooled by Iran’s behavior in freeing the hostages or seeking a meeting with Secretary Rice into assuming that this is a “normal” regime with which the United States can develop the kind of stable and cordial relations that Nixon launched with China 35 years ago.

However, the best strategy for nurturing democratic change in Iran is neither more sanctions nor military confrontation; instead we should encourage more interaction with the West, and with the United States in particular.

A comprehensive, uncompromising policy of engagement with Iran must begin with unconditional negotiations on all disputed topics: the United States must give up its precondition of verifiable suspension of enrichment activities before talks, and the Iranian regime must accept human rights and state sponsorship of terrorism as part of the agenda. To move forward, the negotiations will need to be founded on a basic trade: that Iran suspends all enrichment activities in exchange for (1) an internationally supplied source of nuclear fuel, (2) diplomatic relations with the United States, and (3) the lifting of blanket U.S. sanctions (though keeping smart sanctions in place). But negotiations do not end there. U.S. officials should not pursue diplomatic relations with Iran as a strategy for preserving the status quo (as Nixon did with China in the 1970s) but as a strategy for altering the status quo (as Reagan did with the Soviet Union in the 1980s).

I agree.  But, you know that when the Left starts promoting Reagan-esque policies that the world is in one hell of a Funk.


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