”Iran’s Strategy Is Crudely Obvious–So Why Can’t We Fight It?”:
The new Lebanon War, like much of the War on Terrorism, has a strange character. It is a war in which everyone knows the enemy’s strategy, in which it is child’s play to see through all of his ruses and propaganda tricks–and yet our leaders, rather than devising their own counter-strategy, fall for every ruse and play along with the enemy’s game.
You hear a lot of talk these days about the ”clever” Iranians and what good ”chess players” they are in the contest of international diplomacy. But the Iranian strategy is, in fact, crudely transparent and obviously morally bankrupt. Everyone can grasp this–yet our leaders keep falling into the Iranian traps.
Everyone knows that Iran is using Hezbollah’s war in Lebanon to distract attention from its nuclear weapons program. The Iranians were given a July 5 deadline to suspend uranium enrichment or face ”serious consequences.” The contemptuous Iranians declared that they wouldn’t reply for another six weeks, on August 22. Then Hezbollah–a wholly-owned subsidiary of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards–initiated their war in Lebanon, and no one has paid attention to the Iranian nuclear program for the past three weeks. Now, finally, we are sending a new resolution to the UN Security Council–giving Iran until August 31 to agree to talks or face another months-long debate about whether we will impose sanctions against them…
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