At NRO’s Media blog, Tom Gross points out that the New York Times for the first time runs a column explicitly advocating the American bombing of Iran’s nuclear program (and the “sooner the better” it says). The column is by Alan Kuperman, the director of the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Program at the University of Texas at Austin.
Gross descrbes Kuperman’s column as “dry and academic.” Gross also finds that are better arguments to be made for such a move, but nonetheless deems the column significant because it might finally open up liberal public opinion to the need for military action.
The Wall Street Journal reports, however, that John Kerry is floating a plan to visit Tehran. Kerry’s trip would make him the first high-level U.S. emissary to make a public visit to Tehran since the 1979 Islamic revolution. The Journal reports that Kerry’s trip is “a move White House officials say they won’t oppose.” They are obviously encouraging it.
“Engagement” with America’s enemies is a cornerstone of Obama’s foreign policy, such as it is. In the pursuit of engagement with Iran Obama has all but prostrated himself. In return he has received Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s repeated thumb in his eye.
Obama accepts Iran’s pursuit of the nuclear bomb. He thinks the United States can live with it. In his Nobel Peace Prize speech Obama discoursed on the “love” that “must always be the North Star that guides us on our journey.” Obama’s policy on Iran may not take its bearings by that star, but they are guided by some form of the higher wisdom that is not geared to success in the real world.
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