Loath though I am to do it, I have to disagree with Krauthammer on one detail:
WASHINGTON — All of a sudden, revolutionary Iran has offered direct talks with the United States. All of a sudden, the usual suspects — European commentators, American liberals, dissident CIA analysts, Madeleine Albright — are urging the administration to take the bait.
It is not rare to see a regime like Iran’s — despotic, internally weak, feeling the world closing in — attempt so transparent a ploy to relieve pressure on itself. What is rare is to see the craven alacrity with which such a ploy is taken up by others.
“Rare,” Charles? Surely you jest. We have an entire class of permanent bureaucrats at the State Department — a class that has its own built-in cheering section of appeasement-minded liberals to boot — that believes diplomacy=victory, and they’ve been around for quite some time now. In fact, how do you think North Korea got nukes, if not by negotiating gullible fools Clinton and Carter right out of their very shorts? If they had their way, these foreign policy supergeniuses would no doubt just now be wrapping up their negotiations with Saddam, and stevedores would even now be preparing a massive shipload of foreign-aid bribe money to send off to the monstrous dictator. That’ll teach ’em to threaten America, right, tough guys?
Clearly, Krauthammer has the “craven” part exactly right. Thank your disgraced ex-Presidents and their diploweenie minions for the gifts their fecklessness and complete lack of anything resembling responsible leadership have brought us, kids. In fact, if Big Woodenheaded Al has the delusional chutzpah to dare to run for President again in ’08, you’ll have your chance to thank him in the only way that really counts with creepily obsessive perpetual candidates like him: a humiliating, crushing defeat at the polls.
Update! And speaking of Big Woodenheaded Al, don’t miss this.