from LobeLog: News and Views Relevant to U.S.-Iran relations for October 7th, 2010:
National Review Online: Foundation for Defense of Democraciesâ€™ president Cliff May writes that Iran and Al Qaeda are â€œtwo sides of the jihadi coin,â€ adding that â€œ[s]ometimes they cooperate.â€ He pronounces the Islamic Republic of Iran â€œthe first modern jihadi stateâ€ and calls for â€œagressive enforcement of sanctionsâ€ â€” something he maintains the Obama administration has failed to do. â€œIranâ€™s rulers should be under the guns â€” metaphorically for the present,â€ he asserts. Iranâ€™s leaders have the â€œgoals and a strategy to achieveâ€ Al Qaedaâ€™s â€œmission,â€ he concludes.
Foreign Policy: On the Middle East Channel blog, Century Foundation Iran program director Geneive Abdo encourages the U.S. to take up Iranâ€™s offer to renew discussions on the Tehran Declarationâ€“a fuel swap deal brokered between Turkey, Brazil and Iranâ€“ as a confidence building measure toward resolving the Westâ€™s nuclear crisis with Iran. She reports that a Turkish delegation has twice been in Washington, including last week, to jump start the talks. Since it was introduced last May, Washington has spurned idea. â€œRather than pursue talks over Iranâ€™s broader nuclear program and risk failure,â€ she writes, noting little Iranian interest in the broader track, â€œa wiser move would be to talk with Iran first over the Tehran Declaration as a way of building trust.â€
National Review Online: Victor Davis Hanson writes that two years into the Obama administration, itâ€™s becoming clear that Obamaâ€™s worldview, based partly on appeasement, has resolved few of the problems facing the U.S. in the international arena. â€œ[F]ailing to support the Iranian freedom protestors, ignoring the abuses of the Cuban and Syrian totalitarian regimes, and keeping silent about the destruction of democracy in Venezuela â€” has resulted in even more animus, just as appeasement of the unhinged and dictatorial always does,â€ contends Hanson. While listing the numerous ways that rising powers are becoming more confident in challenging the U.S., Hanson concludes Russia â€œâ€¦ weighs the downside of having a nuclear Islamic Iran in its neighborhood against the upside of having such a rogue state, which, at least in the short term, is more a problem for America than for Russia. Chaos in the Middle East, Putin knows well, is always good for the oil business.â€