Michael Totten at World Affairs Journal-‘The Iran Delusion: A Primer For The Perplexed:‘
He finishes with:
‘We don’t have to choose between ISIS and Iran’s revolutionary regime. They’re both murderous Islamist powers with global ambitions, and they’re both implacably hostile to us and our interests. Resisting both simultaneously wouldn’t make our foreign policy even a whit more complicated. It would, however, make our foreign policy much more coherent.’
Adam Garfinkle at The American Interest-‘The Waiting Game:’
‘When I ask people who have worked in the Obama White House, fairly high in the NSC structure, they all say the same thing: crisis management, one-offs mainly, no coherent top-down strategy. If there is someone with a full-bore strategic mindset, however impoverished, it’s not the President, it’s Ben Rhodes, the Deputy NSC Advisor and former chief speechwriter.’
What is the strategic thinking behind trying to work with the mullahs in Iran, the Castros in Cuba etc? Jeffrey Goldberg had an interview with Ben Rhodes, if for no other reason to figure out a strategic way forward given the choices already made.
We’ll see what happens.
As previously posted: Richard Epstein ‘Barack vs. Bibi:’ takes the classical liberal, non anti-war libertarian position:
‘In the end, it is critical to understand that the current weaknesses in American foreign policy stem from the President’s adamant reluctance to commit to the use of American force in international relations, whether with Israel, Iran or with ISIS. Starting from that position, the President has to make huge unilateral concessions, and force his allies to do the same thing. Right now his only expertise is leading from behind. The President has to learn to be tough in negotiations with his enemies. Right now, sadly, he has demonstrated that toughness only in his relationships with America’s friends and allies.’
A quote from this piece over at the Atlantic: From The Atlantic: Samuel Huntington’s Death And Life’s Work
“Although the professional soldier accepts the reality of never-ending and limited conflict, “the liberal tendency,” Huntington explained, is “to absolutize and dichotomize war and peace.” Liberals will most readily support a war if they can turn it into a crusade for advancing humanistic ideals. That is why, he wrote, liberals seek to reduce the defense budget even as they periodically demand an adventurous foreign policy.”
Another Addition: Israel, Iran, & Peace: Andrew Sullivan Responds To Charges Of Potential Anti-Semitism…Some Saturday Links On Iran-Skepticism, To Say The Least George Shultz & Henry Kissinger At The Hoover Institution: ‘What A Final Iran Deal Must Do’ So what are our interests and how do we secure them as the fires in the Middle-East rage? Michael Totten makes a case here in Why We Can’t Leave The Middle-East.’ He gets push-back in the comments