Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Display:
Sullivan, Froomkin, Hiatt, Iran and AIPAC - Jeffrey Goldberg
The incipient Iranian revolution has upset certain political categories at home, two to be exact: Scowcroftian realism and liberal interventionism (a/k/a neoconservatism). Both, IMHO, are inadequate to the current crisis. The bloodcurdling scenes of oppression on the streets of Teheran betray the limits of cold-hearted realism as an American doctrine: It is not who we are, to stand idly by. Realists believe that power, and power only, has salience in international relations, but American conceptions of right and wrong clearly do as well, and always have.

On the other side of the ledger, it seems as if some neoconservatives are demanding that Barack Obama do more than he's doing simply because that's what we Americans are supposed to do: More. This seems like an unwise strategy; the smartest strategy would be to follow the lead of the Iranian protesters. If they seem to need more American moral support, or other kinds of support, then we should reconsider. But Obama's strategy so far seems basically correct:


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Jun 20th, 2009 at 03:33:34 PM EST
Think Obama's played it roughly as he should so far.  Denounce violence, support the principle of free assembly and speech, but don't come out as a harsh partisan.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Jun 20th, 2009 at 03:36:43 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Well if he comes out and supports strongly, then things go badly for the protestors, then he'd get a level of blame for building up the hopes of the protestors while in no position to help as Bush I did rightly after the first gulf war.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Jun 20th, 2009 at 03:43:14 PM EST
[ Parent ]
That just about sums up the entire history - Hungary, anyone? - of US Cold Warrior Interventionist Foreign Policy.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sat Jun 20th, 2009 at 04:18:37 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Display:

Occasional Series