Mar 30 2007
The US has naive appeasers in both parties, though they reside in large numbers in the liberal wing of the Democrat party. But the GOP has their Bakers and Hagels, and Iran is showing just how naive they can be in the international arena. This was brought home quite well in this article by Rich Lowry about the misconceptions built up about Iran and the US over the years by the media plying fictional fantasies that are more self projection than reality:
In deterrence theory, this is called “mirroring,” judging someone else’s intentions by looking at your own. James Baker — the head of the late, great Iraq Study Group — concluded that Iran wants stability in Iraq and is amenable to negotiations, no doubt partially because he himself wants stability in Iraq and is amenable to negotiations. Indeed, there is no dispute that can’t be worked out by haggling with James Baker, but he has never taken any hostages, denied the Holocaust or claimed to have had a halo — all exploits of Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The old saw about a liberal being someone who won’t take his own side in a fight applies here. When the Bush administration presented evidence that the Iranians have provided material used to kill American troops in Iraq with roadside bombs, Democrats exploded in outrage — at the Bush administration, for not being convincing enough, for having delayed the release of the intelligence, for being overly belligerent toward Iran, which just wants to talk to us.
To the contrary, Iran wants to destabilize Iraq so we will leave and Shia radicals will inherit the country. It wants to acquire a nuclear weapon to become the hegemonic power in the Middle East. And it wants to humiliate the United States and its allies at every opportunity. It can’t merely be talked out of any of these goals. To the extent we try, we are ensuring the abject failure of diplomacy, which can succeed only after we demonstrate that we aren’t to be trifled with.
Very true. The left is attempting to deal with a mythical creature as if it exists. Such is the reality of delusion.