The Bush administration has correctly dismissed his disjointed missive as propaganda and is wisely refusing to take the bait. You can't take this man's diatribe seriously -- as a sincere "overture" to begin discussions.
If you still need a reminder of how dangerous it would be to have Democrats in charge of our national security, you should compare Secretary Rice's reaction to the letter to that of former Clinton administration Secretary of State, now author and weightlifter, Madeleine Albright.
Albright said the United States should counter Iran's nuclear threat with direct talks instead of "saber rattling." She assured us the issues Ahmadinejad raised in his letter are "not irrelevant." Does she mean we should seriously discuss with him Israel's right to exist or better yet -- beg his forgiveness for attacking Iraq under false pretenses?
More importantly, be advised that what Albright means by "direct talks" is that the United States ought to communicate one on one with Iran, rather than involving other nations.
In the first place, the United States isn't saber rattling. I've yet to hear President Bush say that we were going to invade Iran if it didn't discontinue its nuclear program. Secondly, to suggest that this madman has legitimate grievances that can be resolved through a little schmoozing is shockingly naive.
If I didn't know better -- and I don't -- I might think Albright and other leading liberal lights were setting a trap for President Bush. While they've savaged him for years for his reckless "unilateralism" and alienating our allies, they're now proposing we engage in unilateralism and alienate our allies.
Of course, we didn't approach Iraq unilaterally, but worked tirelessly to build a larger international coalition. If we were to assume the role of sole negotiator with Iran, we would be letting the U.N. and other nations off the hook and setting ourselves up to take the blame when diplomatic efforts fail. Liberals would blame Bush for failed diplomacy and any ensuing military action -- by the United States or other nations.
Liberals are showing their true colors again for all to see. No amount of provocation is ever enough for them. We just need a little more sensitivity training. We just need to open our eyes, hearts and minds to the "very good ideas" of this "thoughtful" Iranian "teacher."
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