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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Iran's Game Plan?

The people in the Iraq Study Group appear to believe that “constructive engagement” with Iran is possible. (That means assuming that the current attempts on the part of Iran's leaders to look like maniacs is just a bargaining point. This is dubious but not preposterous.) Let's consider what constructive engagement is likely to consist of.

It should be obvious what constructive engagement means. It means we let Iran turn Iraq and Lebanon into puppet states and, in return, they hand over Ahmadinejad and a few token terrorists and stop the reactors. This will produce great rejoicing because Disaster Has Been Averted.

Of course, it also means they start up the reactors again and put a new loonie in a high-profile position when Saudi Arabia finally collapses and they want a slice.

This will be followed a few years later by agreeing to stop their biowarfare research in return for a halt in oil-shale research …

Meanwhile, other nations have been taking notes and are considering how to use pretended insanity as a bargaining chip.


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