Zealous for war
Browsing through the Washington Post of July 2, 2009, I was absorbed by an article that was salivating for war. It was written by John R. Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. who is now a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
Ambassador Bolton seems to be pressed for time. His contempt for diplomacy and engagement is obvious. Most of all, Mr. Bolton is rushing to stop Obama’s administration from “allowing Iran to have a peaceful civil nuclear program, while publicly renouncing the objective of nuclear weapons.” While the ambassador is certain that Obama’s policy of engagement with Iran is bound to fail, he is not forthcoming with alternative solutions. What is the U.S. supposed to do in the absence of a diplomatic engagement with Iran? Go to war? Invade Iran?
While avoiding giving a hint as to what the U.S. should do against Iran, Mr. Bolton wants Israel to attack Iran’s “weapons facilities”. He also states, that “ Israel’s decision of whether to use military force against Tehran’s nuclear weapons program is more urgent than ever.”
Without explaining the urgency for a military attack, he goes on to tell Israel and the world, on how easy the mission is going to be. He writes, “significantly, the uprising in Iran also makes it more likely that an effective public diplomacy campaign could be waged in the country to explain to Iranians that such an attack is directed against the regime, not against the Iranian people”.
This is an utter failure in correct analysis. A policy decision taken based on wrong assumptions is disastrous. (Like Iraqis would welcome the invading force with open arms and songs, nonsense). If there is one action that would totally galvanize the Iranian people in support of Ahmadinejad and the Guardian Council, it would be an attack by Israel.
Moreover, Mr. Bolton’s call for an attack on Iran is void of certain considerations in the interests of the U.S. In short, Iran’s influence in Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon should not be underestimated by someone claiming to be in the business of following international affairs.