Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Obama to Mullahs: Let's Do Lunch

Today’s responses of John McCain and Barack Obama to Iran’s long-range missile test highlight the fundamental differences in how the two men perceive Iran and diplomacy in general.

McCain, the idealist, wants to build a missile shield to protect our allies and our own bases in the Middle East. Obama, the political realist, wants to sip tea with the mullahs and make a deal. In this, the freshman senator shares the outlook of Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon – that America can deal with its sworn enemies to reach a common end. Whereas Nixon cozied up to Mao, Obama would make nice with Achmedinijad. MSNBC has their take here:

A more detailed look at the two candidates’ worldviews is offered by Gregory Scoblete at Real Clear Politics:

Ultimately, the Democrat is displaying the leftist tendency to believe any foe can be placated if only America will reach out its hand to them. To the left, America forced Ho Chi Minh and Fidel Castro into the arms of the Soviets, brought 9/11 upon itself with imperialistic foreign policies, and maintains a self-defeating unilateralism that precludes diplomatic cooperation and peace.

The Republican, on the other hand, sees the problem as one of Iranian radicalism and hate mongering, and sees direct cooperation with those who advocate genocide as antithetical to decency, let alone acceptable behavior for the leader of the world’s oldest and most powerful democracy.

Once again, the idealism of the right sees good and evil in men, while the left sees only interests and real politick. How sad for the fools who have been duped my Obama’s sophisticated marketing campaign of hope and change. If only they could see it is nothing more than pretty packaging around the same weak-kneed liberal relativism that pays homage to dictators and always blames America first.


At 10:38 PM, Blogger Julia said...

Eh, I don't see why this is such a big deal at all. Personally, I'd rather have my president talk with our so-called "enemies" than be drafted into another illegal war.

At 3:58 PM, Blogger John Martinez said...

I've never heard of a truly illegal war. War is terrible, of course, but the international bodies such as the UN that try to legislate the conditions of war cannot even agree on their own definitions. The Left loved calling Vietnam and illegal war -- guess someone should have told Ho Chi Minh to stop his attacks against the South.


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