May 22, 2006

Engage Iran?

Greg Djerejian is documenting the growing number of Republicans calling for the Bush administration to engage Iran in some way. I don't think I'd be in a hurry to go face to face with a man I know is itching to spit in my eye. I like Hitchens' idea of speaking directly to the Iranian people, as George Bush has done before, rather than legitimize the regime by sharing a forum of any sort with them as a reward for their external threats and their crushing of internal dissent. Here's Djerejian's money graph:

Kissinger. Lugar. Hagel. Haass. Armitage. These are heavyweights. Republican heavyweights. Yeah folks, that's right, with the possible exception of Dennis Ross, everyone listed above is a Republican. All these people calling for direct engagement with Iran are not, you know, limp-wristed, America-hating, defeatist Democrats, but solid red-staters, God-loving GOP'ers, people who'd get along just swell with Hugh Hewitt even (my list, of course, would double and triple in size if I added the Madeline Albrights and Sandy Bergers and so on, indeed, we'd almost have an emerging bipartisan consensus on talking directly to Iran)! Now, I'm not going to name names and get all mean over here, but I've seen a lot of people poo-pooing engagement with Iran whose collective foreign policy experience isn't worth a warm bucket of spit as compared to the people above. They'd be blown to the proverbial smithereens (and then some)--going mano to mano with this gang debating Iran policy--especially post the Iraq imbroglio. Just saying.

Point made, but if he's trying to suggest competence in the conduct of effective diplomacy, at a minimum he really shouldn't be throwing the name Madeline Albright around too loosely. Can you say "Agreed Framework"?

Posted by dan at May 22, 2006 1:11 PM