Archive for July 22nd, 2009

Saber Rattling Over Iran

The US and Iran are engaged in a reckless game of chicken that could end in disaster for the Persian Gulf region and the world.
    In the run-up to the Iraq War, the Bush Administration proved remarkably adept at the art of “diplomacy” for war. Now the White House seems to be using the same game plan for Iran. It is exaggerating the threat Iran poses, is making demands that go beyond Iran’s treaty obligations and is now pushing for a UN Security Council resolution that would impose sanctions and other punishments. The Administration has created a premature crisis that is distracting public attention from Iraq but is also stiffening Iran’s defiance and maybe even accelerating its efforts to enrich uranium.