The administration, justly criticized for its Iraq premises and their execution, is suddenly receiving some criticism so untethered from reality as to defy caricature. The national, ethnic and religious dynamics of the Middle East are opaque to most people, but to the Weekly Standard -- voice of a spectacularly misnamed radicalism, "neoconservatism" -- everything is crystal clear: Iran is the key to everything.I knew it, not even real conservatives like the neo-cons!
(WS link included by me -HR)
"Why wait?" Perhaps because the U.S. military has enough on its plate in the deteriorating wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which both border Iran. And perhaps because containment, although of uncertain success, did work against Stalin and his successors, and might be preferable to a war against a nation much larger and more formidable than Iraq. And if Bashar Assad's regime does not fall after the Weekly Standard's hoped-for third war, with Iran, does the magazine hope for a fourth?I may not have said this before, (I probably have) but I think neo-cons are a serious foreign policy problem.
(Again, WS link included by me -HR)
The United States is the most powerful nation in the world. What we do here affects almost everything everywhere. If we are to spread true Democracy and true Liberty, they must be spread by cultural, economic and diplomatic means, we cannot rely solely on force. I think the tunnel-vision of the neo-cons, who have hijacked American foreign policy at this point, prevent us from doing that.