senator chuck nagel, leading republican foreign policy expert, is calling for real diplomatic engagement with iran, as opposed to the meaningless and empty saber-rattling threats that have been coming out of bush and the white house:
“Quite frankly, what is the military option, what are we talking about here? We lose credibility in the face of the world when we say things like, ‘Well just don’t forget what happened to Iraq could happen to you Iran. We could invade you, we could bomb you.’
“Oh come on now. First of all, where are we going to get the troops? Who’s going to go with us? Where are our partners going to be with Iran?”
if we fuck with iran, china’s largest oil supplier, we are fucking with beijng. hopefully the ultra-hawks in the white house are not so disconnected from reality that they think we can take on china. making ridiculous empty threats is one thing, but going forward with them is suicide. i’m not hopeful. the bush white house seems to regard diplomacy with contempt.