Friday, February 04, 2005
War With Iran Would Be Stupid (updated)
Rice rules out diplomacy on Iran
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she sees no need to get involved in European efforts to persuade Iran to drop its nuclear programme.
She was speaking on her way to London at the start of a tour which will see her visit a number of European countries and the Middle East.
European officials have repeatedly asked Washington for closer cooperation in dealing with the programme.
But Ms Rice said Tehran knew what it needed to do.
Source: BBC (Emphasis in original)
I wonder how long it is before a picture of George W. Bush shows up in the dictionary definition of the word "hubris."- - - - - - - - - -
The BBC has more on Ms. Rice and Iran:
"Diplomacy can work in this case if there is unity of purpose and unity of message that the international community expects them to live up to their obligations," she said.I'd feel better if Ms. Rice's comments were not so similar to Mr. Bush's position in the lead-up to the Iraq war. Flashback from the August 2002 Iraq War build-up:
"I really do hope that the Iranians will take the opportunity that is being presented to them."Asked if she envisaged circumstances in which the US would attack Iran, she said: "The question is simply not on the agenda at this point in time."
The public line in Washington is that President Bush is listening carefully to many people, including America's allies. But he surely does not like what he is hearing.
The issue of UN weapons inspection also points up the transatlantic divide. It is a key international demand that Iraq should re-admit the inspectors and allow them to continue their search for weapons of mass destruction.
Source: BBC ("US isolation on Iraq grows" dated August 22, 2002)
Next on the Iran war game plan will be statements stating UN inspections would be worthless.