Specter Defies Bush Regime, Talks to Syria

One of the cornerstones of the DOA report from the Iraq Study Group was to engage Iran and Syria in any discussions of future actions in Iraq. It makes sense – if not from a diplomatic standpoint, at least from a pragmatic perspective. Both countries have a vested interest in a stable Iraq, [...]

/wp/

One of the cornerstones of the DOA report from the Iraq Study Group was to engage Iran and Syria in any discussions of future actions in Iraq. It makes sense – if not from a diplomatic standpoint, at least from a pragmatic perspective. Both countries have a vested interest in a stable Iraq, although the argument could be made that Iran’™s interest might be more closely aligned with a desire to see Iraq as a satellite state.

Prior to Christmas, Senator Arlen Specter decided that he wanted to get up close and personal with Syria’™s leadership to get a feel for the political dynamic. Certainly, an argument could be made that Specter’™s desire to engage in dialog with Syrian President Bashar Assad owes more to his quest to be a peace broker for Israel. However, to the extent that a diplomatic channel could be opened in terms of discussing the situation in Iraq (which also plays into Israel’™s security situation), any outreach by a high-ranking member of the Senate would seem to be beneficial.

Except to the Bush regime.

When Condi Rice got wind of Specter’™s trip, she dialed him up and asked him not to go. His response?

‘œI deferred to them a year ago, and I deferred to them last August,’ Specter told the Associated Press. ‘œIf there were any signs the administration policy [in the Middle East] was working, I’™d defer to them again.’

Whoa. Is Senator Specter taking another one of his semi-frequent trips off the GOP reservation? Or is he, in fact, acting as a diplomatic backchannel for the Bush regime, and the ‘œbluster’ is just that – an act to throw the media off of the scent?

Regardless, here’™s an elder statesman at work (and note that I’™m not a huge Specter fan’¦):

‘œI disagree with the policy of not dealing with Iran,’ he said.

‘œWhen he [Ahmadinejad] says he wants to wipe Israel off the face of the earth, I’™d like to tell him how unacceptable that is,’ Specter said, explaining what he would tell Ahmadinejad.

‘œWhen he says there was no Holocaust, I’™d like to tell him about the Holocaust survivors I’™ve talked to, and about how much evidence there is about the Holocaust. Yes I’™d like to see the president of Iran, he could use some information,’ he said’¦

‘œI do not see anyway out except through dialogue,’ he said. ‘œI do not think there are any assurances that dialogue will succeed, but I think there are assurances that without dialogue there will be failure.’

Bingo – and that’™s the concept that the cowboy Bush regime has been missing since McFlightsuit first came into power. The art of diplomacy is the art of talk. The art of diplomacy requires – nay, demands – that the country being required to ‘œbend’ be allowed to also save face.

Empathy has never been a key attribute of the Bush regime’™s foreign policy.

Sunday, December 31st, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: General

No Comments

No comments yet.

Leave a comment

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI