Saturday, December 30, 2006

Rice Explains Why U.S. Won't "Just Talk To Iran" Or Syria

Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice argued last week that the U.S. can't "just talk to Iran" or Syria.

Why? Because if "the Iranians and the Syrians want to act to stabilize Iraq, they can do that without talking to us," she told Margaret Warner of PBS' NewsHour.

Sort of circular logic, doncha think? We don't need to talk to them because they don't have to talk to us if we or they want a stabilized Iraq?

Rice also fears that any diplomacy would lead to the Iranians and Syrians seeking "some kind of trade." But that merely represents the Bush Administration (read: neocon) belief that diplomacy equals appeasement. Just because the Iranians or Syrians may want something does not mean that we have to appease their wishes.

"(T)he idea that we somehow have to tell them what to do in order to stabilize Iraq when they, in fact, are the ones who are destabilizing Iraq?" Rice said. "They know what they're doing. They can stop it on any day."

That's true. But they have been given no reason to fall into line. While the U.S. has failed to consider diplomacy, even when Syria has asked for it, Iran has tried to flex its muscles as a regional power. The longer Iraq remains a mess, the better the chances that Iran (with Syria in tow) can influence its future.

"They are, by the way, talking to the Iraqis about how to (stabilize Iraq). They are, by the way, members of the International Compact for Iraq," Rice said.

You would think a red flag would be raised, or warning bells would go off. The longer we leave Iran and Syria alone talking with Iraq, the harsher the price will be. If Rice is worried about Iran or Syria seeking "some kind of trade" now, how will she feel if Iraq's government allies itself with those countries -- and turns against the U.S.?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do libs love tyranical despots so much? I am sure you all are in mourning today because of Saddams demise. But let not your heart be troubled. It looks as though Castro will make it into the new year. But by the grace of God you will be mourning him soon too.

4:42 PM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington,del. said...

Anonymous, you continue to talk nonsense. You spout beliefs about the left that are simply not true, and are not reflected on this blog.

You are unconnected to the real world. How sad your life must be.

1:03 AM  
Anonymous Sparkly said...

I've wondered whether they are this stupid, or making excuses; and if they're making excuses, what's the real reason they fear dialogue?

12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the reason they don't want diplomacy is because the neocon advisors equate diplomacy with appeasement. They don't want to make a deal, and be written in the history books as being akin to Neville Chamberlain's England.

12:08 PM  
Anonymous NewJeffCT said...

Good thing Kennedy & Kruschev followed that same logic...

During the Cuban Missile Crisis.

And, Nixon, Ford, Carter & Reagan in refusing to negotiate with the Soviets.

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Webster Green said...

The State Department is useless.

Of course, all departments of government have been rendered useless under the chimp's rule.

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rice has traveled 500,000 miles on diplomatic/crisis management visits. A lot of good she's done. What is the "Rice Doctrine?" Is there a "Rice Doctrine?"

12:08 PM  
Anonymous xchrom said...

i saw the interview -- she is without a doubt -- the STUPIDEST -- sos we've ever had.

the whole idea that we can't talk to them either because they KNOW what we want or they KNOW this or that is just too imbecilic for words.

is that supposed to pass for grown-up sophisticated diplomacy? just nuts is what it is.

the ONLY way we are going to get from A to B is by talking to the people we have the biggest problems with.

12:09 PM  
Anonymous pretzel4gore said...

she's exactly what she appears to be.

condi isn't stupid. but she is a black woman who's going places no black person has ever gone before; she has a terrible burden of nasty old white men riding on her shoulders, hiding behind her skirt. if she was serving a progressive, dynamic republican president who tackled global warming, wanted to clean up funding of political leadership races, redress the overburden of taxes on working, middle class and the poor, redefine business orgs as 'non persons' for tax purposes, bring the oslo accords up to date despite brutal terrorism funded by the nra/kkk/cia/foxnews/700 club etc....if condi was serving such a prez, we'd like her, and she'd love her job alot more then she does now...

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don't think she's stupid

just following orders, and unable to articulate them in a way that makes any sense.

12:09 PM  
Anonymous dave p said...

She's an imbecile

Rice is a pathetic reflection of the stupidity that's characterised this whole Administration.

Iran didn't detabilize Iraq, the US did. Iran can't stabilize Iraq when the US hasn't even a policy for the country it's ruined.

Syria has no interest in destabilizing Iraq - it's already having a hard time coping with hundreds of thousands of Iraqi refugees. But Syria does need Iranian friendship so long as it's threatened by the US.

Rice & Co are idiots utterly incompetent to conduct foreign relations. Americans and Iraqis are dying because they can't see past their infantile mantras.

But what can you expect of the clown who was "National Security Adviser" in the eight months leading to 9/11?

12:10 PM  
Anonymous randr said...

War is the ultimate result of failed diplomacy!

These people are elected and appointed to serve as our temp help and act as representatives of our country to the whole world. By failing to utilize diplomacy as an instrument to help make us more secure they are endangering our lives and committing treason. Their pledge to uphold the constitution and provide protection for our nation means nothing if it gets in the way of their profits.

12:10 PM  

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