Saturday, October 03, 2009
The short course is this, Bush/Cheney and the neocons were right while Obama/Biden and the tranzis were wrong.
The problem with Containment is that it worked in the cases of the Soviet Union and China because, for all their bluster, they were rational actors who would not start a suicidal nuclear war. Is that an assumption that we can make about Iran under these, I am not saying under any, mullahs? Containment as elucidated by Kennan always included regime change as an eventual goal to be achieved through external pressure leading to internal reforms.
Why does the Diehl discount a priori the use of targeted unconventional operations in support of opposition groups to effectuate regime change? Is it because doing to Iran exactly what Iran has attempted to do to the Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan confirms the wisdom of the policies of the prior administration that Obama and the Washington Post repudiated?