Swatting flies in Syria is not the best way to employ America’s power and influence when there are bigger fish to fry.
True is that Syria’s use of chemical weapons was an affront to humanity and needed intervention. True is that the threat of military force produced more collaboration with Russians and Syrians to dismantle the chemical weapons stockpile. Also,true is that the problem and supervision rests where it should at the UN Security Council.
Now, Iran’s new leadership indicate a change in policy and direction toward nuclear weapons development. There is a long way to go between starting a meaningful dialogue, establishing mutual trust, and changing the course of history between Iran and the United States. However, history demonstrates that former enemies can become effective partners when sharing economic interests become the focal point.
Now, America must demonstrate that it can walk and chew gum at the same time. That is, the Department of State and the Obama Administration must demonstrate depth in diplomacy both in diplomats and substance.
It is a good thing that Iran isn’t wanting to lurch forward, because this administration works very deliberately.
“US, Iran now inching toward dialogue
By Julian Pecquet - 09/19/13 06:00 AM ET
Diplomatic gestures from Washington and Tehran are raising the possibility of a meeting between President Obama and Iran’s new leader.
The White House says there are no current plans for Obama and Iranian President Hasan Rouhani to meet at the U.N. General Assembly later this month.
But Iran’s decision Wednesday to release eight political prisoners is being viewed as an attempt at outreach to the White House.
If a meeting occurs, it would fulfill Obama’s 2008 campaign promise to engage with Iran.”