Negotiating with the Enemy by Lou DuBose of the Washington Spectator.
In May, 2003, soon after U.S. forces had defeated the Taliban in Afghanistan and Saddam Hussein’s forces in Iraq, the Iranian government sent a peace offer to the United States through the Swiss ambassador. The Iranians offered to open their nuclear program to international monitoring and inspection and to end support for Hamas and Hezbollah. The U.S. government rejected the offer and reprimanded the Swiss ambassador for even passing it along.
Col. James Wilkerson, then assistant to Secretary of State Colin Powell, said the rejection came from Vice President Richard Cheney (shown above). As a result, the Iranian government began helping Iraqi insurgents. Now Iraq has a pro-Iranian government. Arguably Iran was the real winner of the Iraq war.
Going to War with Obama to Go to War with Iran by M.J. Rosenberg of the Washington Spectator.
A bipartisan coalition in the U.S. Senate, aligned with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the powerful pro-Israel lobby, opposes any agreement with Iran unless the Iranian government completely gives up its nuclear energy program and sends all nuclear fuel outside the country. Some Senators are working on a resolution to allow use of military force against Iran unless its government agrees with these conditions.
The government of Israel itself, which unlike Iran does possess nuclear weapons, is said to be contemplating an attack on Iran. Besides being a crime against humanity, an attack on Iran would be suicidal for Israel. It would mean that the only safety for the people of Iran would lie in the destruction of Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s stated fears of Iran would be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
I don’t want Iran to acquire nuclear weapons. The fewer countries in the world with nuclear weapons, the better. But I wouldn’t blame the government of any country that was threatened with nuclear attack for wanting its own nuclear weapons as a deterrent.
In Syria, We Don’t Want Rebels to Lose, But We Don’t Want Them to Win Either by Kevin Drum for Mother Jones.
CIA ramping up covert training program for moderate Syrian rebels by Greg Miller of the Washington Post.
A long stalemate civil war in Syria makes Israel marginally more secure, because Bashar al-Assad can’t help Palestinian fighters so long as he is fighting for his own survival. On the other hand, neither Israel nor the United States wants a takeover of Syria by radical jihadist rebels. So expect a continuation of the war, which already has claimed an estimated 100,000 lives and turned millions of people into refugees.