Neocons: “Don’t Try It, It Might Work”

It is amazing but totally predictable. The war mongering neocons who escaped unscathed from the horrors of the george w bush administration continue now as they did with Iraq and Afghanistan and as they did with Libya and as they did with Syria, to see through their tunnel vision only a single course of action – War, and nothing else.

From Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith and others a decade ago, to the continuing outrageous pronouncements of John Bolton and Dick Cheney and others yet today, it must be War, and nothing else.

As with the Affordable Care Act, and much of the Obama agenda, the right wing is afraid not of the possibility of failure of a negotiated settlement with Iran, but rather, of its success.

Critics of the President who have been making analogies between the current agreement with 1938’s Munich Agreement and who have been calling Obama another Neville Chamberlain are demonstrating either a total lack of knowledge of history or are totally blinded by racism

and their hatred of the President, or both.

Recall the time, the participants, and the contents of the Munich Agreement (reduced to its simplest terms). Europe was on the brink of war, Hitler had stated the newly created Czechoslovak Republic was illegitimate, and that the portions of that country, to be referred to as the “Sudetenland”, inhabited by three million Germans, was by whatever means necessary, to become part of the German empire. The conference included representative of Germany, England, France, and Italy. Missing was any representation from Czechoslovakia, as the four European nations cut apart Czechoslovakia, ceding the

Sudetenland to Hitler while obtaining “guarantees” of the future independence of Czechoslovak. Chamberlain and French Prime Minister Édouard Daladier, and millions of citizens of Europe, were convinced that war had been avoided.

Explain how in any way, shape, or form, this is similar to the agreement reached

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with Iran? Did the US and Israel without participation form Iran agree to sever part of that country from the rest, and make it part of another state? No, IRAN agreed with the “P5+1″* to negotiate a final resolution over the next six months, during which time portions of Iran’s nuclear enrichment program will be frozen while other portions will be rolled back, and during which time there will be daily International Atomic Energy Agency inspections. In exchange, over the six month period no new sanctions will be imposed on Iran, current sanctions regarding precious metals, automobiles, and other exports will be suspended, and while Iranian oil will remain priced at reduced levels, accrued income from past sales will be released in installments. It has been estimated that the cost to Iran in implementing the controls, rollbacks, and inspection costs of its enrichment program will exceed the value received in the decreased sanctions.

Negotiations may not lead to a final agreement, but they could, and even a 1% chance is a preferred option to yet another costly (in human, social, and economic terms) and unwinable war in the middle east.

As I wrote in September, “The Funny Thing About Diplomacy” it works.

*United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom, and France, plus Germany

About theHoundDawg

For many years as a lawyer, I saw much of the good and bad of society, and did what I could to right many wrongs. The lack of understanding of what is good and bad, right and wrong, just and unjust, as evidenced by such events as the election of King W as president, (who as such far surpassed the evil of richard nixon but not quite that of ronald reagan) lead me in a new direction, to spend my time trying to understand what is happening to our society, to try as best I can to spread my insights to others, and along the way to maybe even eke out a living through the internet.
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