Those who insist we should have made no deal with Iran, but instead rattle sabers to drive average Iranians into the mullahs’ arms… these voices were the ones who screeched when Henry Kissinger went to Mao’s China, in 1971. In some cases the VERY same voices. Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger were savvy enough to see how stupid a situation we were in, to abide a triangle that favored the Soviets, with us hating on both the USSR and China and the Sovs getting to hold center position. Kissinger arranged a judo move in which WE became the ones talking to both sides and playing them off each other. http://china.usc.edu/getting-beijing-henry-kissingers-secret-1971-trip
Now? “Feckless” Obama has just pulled a Nixon by opening up better relations with Iran, allowing us to take that favorable position, playing Iran against Saudia. It is obviously and blatantly the smart thing to do… once we coerced Iran to eliminate 25 tons of enriched uranium and to pour concrete into its plutonium reactor. And accept strong inspections.
But witness the Fox’ism as one commenter decried the comparison: “We have not exchanged embassies with Iran. Their leaders will not stop calling us the devil. Obama has not gone to Iran. What have we gained the ability to threaten the Saudis with?”
To which I reply that foxisms are drivel. We do not need an embassy if two million Iranian expatriates start investing in their homeland, using economic leverage to help Rouhani and undermine the Guards, who are screaming in terror over that. We are still at the Kissinger phase, fool. And Mao called us devils till the day he died… while working with the US to scare the crap out of the Russkies.
“Feckless” Obama “lost Crimea”… after stealing the entire Ukraine from the Russian sphere of influence, the biggest expansion of the West since the end of the Cold War. Russian media and Putin himself lay that “disaster” right at the feet of the man they call "aggressively clever" and anything but “feckless.”
The entire US military is back at 100% readiness, even the reserves, after plummeting to 0% (for major US Army and Marine and Reserve units) at the end of both Bush administrations. While casualty rates among servicemen/women have plummeted and Defense modernization is at its fastest pace ever. And every metric of US national health has gone up -- and almost every one plummeted across both Bushes.http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/06/so-do-outcomes-matter-more-than-rhetoric.html
And… oh… yeah. Obama killed Osama bin Laden. Did you think we’ll let you forget that? Never, b******s.