Barack Obama says that if he becomes the next US President (God help us), he’ll engage all the dictators of the world in dialogue (except Hamas, apparently – because, well now, THEY’RE over-the-top!). He calls Bush’s Iran policy a failure. Obama LOVES to talk. Boy, does he ever. In fact, his incessant patter appears to represent his only real skill.
I’m not sure where exactly he draws the line, though: Ahmadinejad is a dubiously elected terrorist leader of Iran. Hamas is the dubiously elected terrorist government of Palestine.
Obama said during a recent campaign appearance that Nixon engaged Mao, Reagan talked with Kruschev, so hey, why not chat with our enemies now? Well, for starters, our previous enemies had some sense of decorum when it came to warfare – a phenomenon that, say, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or the various freelance terrorists running around dressed like a UCBerkley dropout can’t seem to grasp. Does Obama think that no one else has ever tried talking to these clowns before, and that they’ve just been waiting for his magical verbosity to wash over them before changing their ways?
And pardon me, but did I miss something? Did Raul Castro, Ahmadinejad, Chavez in Venezuela, and others, extend any olive branches yet, or make any overtures to indicate that they intend to change their ways? When a toddler is chewing the scenery, is it really a good idea to have the “now, now little Tommy” talk while he’s still scribbling all over the walls with his Crayolas?
The only way I see Bush’s policy on Iran as a failure is that the Ahmadinejad is still enriching uranium – and not presiding over NATO’s biggest and newest parking lot as “Valet-in-Chief”.