Obama Stubbornly Persists in Foreign Policy Naivete
So we have these two articles published on the same day.
The first, what is supposed to be a triumphant announcement of a certain presidential candidate’s grasp of foreign policy, “The Obama Doctrine”, which includes this:
“There is a popular notion that Democrats have to try to appear like Republicans to pass some test on national security. The fact that that’s still the case after Iraq is absurd,” says one of Obama’s closest advisers. “So you break from that orthodoxy and say ‘I don’t care if the Republicans attack me because I’m willing to meet with the leadership in Iran. We haven’t for 25 years, and it’s not gotten us anywhere.'”
The second, an unfortunate dose of reality:
Gen David Petraeus told the BBC he thought Tehran had trained, equipped and funded insurgents who fired the barrage of mortars and rockets.He said Iran was adding what he described as “lethal accelerants” to a very combustible mix.
Sometimes the Universe conspires to embarrass.