Monday, September 28, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
So Does Obama-Medvedev Meeting Prove Me Wrong?
But the crux of the matter for the U.S. is not when Tehran crosses the line and has a working bomb, it is trusting Iran to have a nuclear infrastructure like Japan's. I think that Russia will be far more supportive of "trusting" Iran with nuclear technology than a U.S. which would prefer a much higher degree of Iranian denuclearization. And I think it is here that we will still have daylight between the positions, unless something else changes the calculus.
Monday, September 21, 2009
The Passing of Irving Kristol
He created a forum for debate on foreign policy--particularly on first assumptions--and then let it take off from there.
I always found that first essay he did for TNI--"Foreign Policy in an Age of Ideology"--to be a useful and even twenty-five years later prescient warning (minus the references to the USSR).
The conversation goes on ...
Thursday, September 17, 2009
The Two Timetables
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Iran Wants to Talk ... So What?
Meanwhile, two interesting pieces from David Rothkopf over at FP--on the "unused" reset button with Russia and the strange timing of the trade sanctions on China--both of which seem to prove the point that Iran is not at the center of U.S. foreign policy concerns (and that domestic concerns are still tops) ...
Friday, September 11, 2009
Well, I Knew It Was a Drill ...
Guess the national news desks don't check with their Arlington affiliates?
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
What are We Prepared to Do (on Iran)?
So what to do? Is preventing Iran from completing its nuclear infrastructure the guiding point of American foreign policy--and are we going to put this at the center of our bilateral relationship with other powers? Are we credible when we suggest that we might act unilaterally (with potentially unpleasant consequences for the interests of others)?
Are we having the equivalent of the discussion between Officer Malone and Elliot Ness in the Untouchables?
- What are you prepared to do?
- Everything within the law.
- And then what are you prepared to do? If you open the ball on these people, you must be prepared to go all the way.
Or not--if you think that containment works and is feasible.