Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Power is neither virtue nor omnipotence

Sent as letter to editor:
Obama’s Losing Bet on Iran (NYT, 1/15/2014) is illogical and offensive. Where is Iran?
In the Middle East, "solutions" to regional problems must include Iran. To paraphrase one of Doran & Boot's own conclusions, the alternative "is the polarization of the entire region into pro- and anti-Iran blocs that feed a mushrooming cross-border civil war" -- and worse. Remember Vietnam? Iran(!)? Iraq? Afghanistan? As Sen. Fulbright reminded us, power is neither virtue nor omnipotence. Hasn't the US the power, grace and virtue to talk?

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