Bush's Unanswered Letter - A Strategic Mistake
By Tom Porteous
The first reaction of the Bush administration to the extraordinary letter from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been to dismiss it out of hand on the grounds that it does not offer any compromises over Iran's nuclear enrichment program. That's a strategic mistake, because the biggest complaint of Middle Easterners about the United States is precisely that it has consistently failed to listen to concerns of the kind outlined by Ahmadinejad.
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05-14-2006, 10:58 PM
Engaging In Dialogue ??? - :-o :-o :-o
Engaging In Dialogue ???
The letter does bring some interesting points, however, since our administration is not one to engage in dialog w/ the American people, or any other people for that matter, they will obviously show no interest nor will they open themselves to inevitable criticism by answering. The reason they will be criticized is simply, since their policies do not make logical sense, by bringing them out into the open, their senseless objectives become vulnerable & weak in the eyes of any knowledgeable entities. That’s why secrecy is their only strength. If they were open, they would engage Congress, intellectuals, other professionals, & even citizens into a constructive dialogue out of which a lot of wisdom & clear vision could radiate.
However, since their goals & objectives are like prizes to be attained by any means, trying to analyze, make sense, or reach logical conclusions is out of the question.
What is being unclear now is whether Iran has made it clear to the UN & the world that besides their right to research & develop nuclear power for civilian use, is whether there is in our world the legal right by any nation or country to monopolize the enrichment process. Who can, or who can not enrich uranium, since it seems as though it can be used for either nuclear power or nuclear weapons. If no country or nation in this world can rightfully claim the right to be the only source of this high-tech resource, then the argument becomes just a political game, whose only outcome is to justify attacking Iran regardless, & because there is no argument.
So again, bringing the issues out in the open & for discussion would only hinder their only goal & desire which is to proceed w/ the regime change & attacking of Iran. A foreign policy goal which has no sensible rational behind it other than forcefully attaining stronghold & dominion in the Middle East. That’s why the reasons put forth don’t seem either justifiable nor make any logical sense, other than the typical “fear of the enemy” idea previously “pushed” & used to attacking Iraq.
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