Global Security

One hundred sixteen years is a long time to fight a war. But England and France did it from 1337 until 1453, misnamed in history as the Hundred Years War. Its a pretty good bet that the citizens of those two countries were awfully tired of fighting by the time there was a cessation of hostilities and peace was eventually declared.

As a US senator and a candidate for president a decade ago, John Kerry couldn't bring himself to worry overmuch about Islamic terrorism. Today, as a secretary of state trying to sell a nuclear accord that would lift economic sanctions from the world's leading state sponsor of Islamic terrorism, he still can't.

As I watched Secretary of State John Kerry testify before the Senate on the recently completed nuclear agreement between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran, I could not help but notice Kerrys obvious exasperation with his former Senate colleagues, who were now serving as his inquisitors.

Culturally and historically, political leaders in the Middle East respect strength, and they exude it regardless of if they have it. Their legitimacy depends on presenting an air of dominance.

If Iran remains a threat, the deal bars the US from taking any steps to counter it aside from all-out war.

After long and difficult negotiations, an agreement was recently concluded in Vienna between Iran and six Western powers, including the United States, to curb that nations nuclear weapons program.

Tell me this is not happening. The Iran Deal two words that sound odd together, even in the abstract now lurches forward, speeding downstream toward final completion (in some form), a spinning vessel lacking positive purpose or direction, just possessing dangerous momentum.

Edmund Burke famously said, Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it.

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