May 24th, 2009

Chris Keeley


From: Ray Close
Date: Sun, May 24, 2009 at 11:44 AM
Subject: Criticism of Obama's Iran policy - Very important article

This powerful written and brutally honest article will stir up a very spirited debate in Washington, as it should.

In that debate, serious consideration should be given to initiating a U.S. policy supporting a Nuclear Free Middle East --- a proposal that may (if the Leveretts are right in their evaluation of the difficulties facing the diplomatic negotiation route) actually be the most promising option that still remains available to us if we are going to persuade Iran voluntarily to abandon its nuclear weapons development program.  Military attack and regime change are effectively off the table already (or certainly should be!);  let's be honest with ourselves about that.  And diplomacy (see below) faces political and procedural obstacles that are, for all practical purposes, probably as difficult to surmount as those facing the Nuclear Free Middle East concept.  Let us at least give the suggestion a fair and objective evaluation.


New York Times ---  Sunday, 24 May 2009

Have We Already Lost Iran?
by Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett

PRESIDENT OBAMA’S Iran policy has, in all likelihood, already failed. On its present course, the White House’s approach will not stop Tehran’s development of a nuclear fuel program — or, as Iran’s successful test of a medium-range, solid-fuel missile last week underscored, military capacities of other sorts. It will also not provide an alternative to continued antagonism between the United States and Iran — a posture that for 30 years has proved increasingly damaging to the interests of the United States and its allies in the Middle East.
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