What if Obama has a plan for Iran?
A lot of people think President Obama doesn't have a plan (or a clue) for Iran. But what if he does have a plan and that plan does not include stopping Iran from going nuclear
? What then?
From time to time, critics and even friends of the
president have complained vocally about the seeming disarray or
fecklessness of the administration’s handling of foreign policy. Words
like amateurish, immature, and incompetent are bandied about; what’s
needed, we’re told, is less ad-hoc fumbling, more of a guiding strategic
vision. Most recently, Leslie Gelb, a former government official and
past president of the Council on Foreign Relations, has charged that
“the Obama team lacks the basic instincts and judgment necessary to
conduct U.S. national-security policy,” and has urged the president to
replace the entire inner core of his advisers with “strong and strategic
people of proven . . . experience.”
One sympathizes with Gelb’s sense of alarm, but his premises are
mistaken. Inexperience is a problem in this administration, but there is
no lack of strategic vision. Quite the contrary: a strategy has been in
place from the start, and however clumsily it may on occasion have been
implemented, and whatever resistance it has generated abroad or at
home, Obama has doggedly adhered to the policies that have flowed from
In what follows, we’ll trace the course of the most important of
those policies and their contribution to the president’s announced
determination to encourage and augment Iran’s potential as a successful
regional power and as a friend and partner to the United States.
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(it's quite long).
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Iran sanctions regime, Iranian nuclear threat