Posted by Curt on 22 June, 2008 at 10:52 am. 4 comments already!


Look at this piece of brilliance on Iran by the person Obama chose to advise him on foreign policy:

Before we will talk to them about their nuclear problem, they have to suspend their nuclear problem. That [is a] counterproductive precondition.
– Susan Rice

Now you can see why even the Europeans are a bit worried about a Obama presidency:

European officials are increasingly concerned that Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign pledge to begin direct talks with Iran on its nuclear program without preconditions could potentially rupture U.S. relations with key European allies early in a potential Obama administration.

The U.N. Security Council has passed four resolutions demanding that Iran stop enriching uranium, each time highlighting the offer of financial and diplomatic incentives from a European-led coalition if Tehran suspends enrichment, a route to producing fuel for nuclear weapons. But Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has said he would make such suspension a topic for discussion with Iran, rather than a precondition for any negotiations to take place.

European officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said they are wary of giving up a demand that has been so enshrined in U.N. resolutions, particularly without any corresponding concessions by Iran. Although European officials are eager to welcome a U.S. president promising renewed diplomacy and multilateralism after years of tensions with the Bush administration, they feel strongly about continuing on the current path.

Meanwhile McCain is on a different path:

Obama’s Republican rival, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), has lauded the European efforts, saying in April that the coalition “deserves praise for its great efforts to present a positive endgame: an Iran with far-reaching economic incentives, external support for a civilian nuclear energy program and integration into the international community.”

“Obama criticizes a multilateral process and disparages the European contribution. What he is proposing is unilateral cowboy summitry,” said Randy Scheunemann, the McCain campaign’s national security director. He said McCain “agrees we need to have basic benchmarks, such as suspension, before you go further. And he has called for a significant increase in sanctions, through the U.N. if possible or through like-minded allies if necessary.”

Whose the cowboy now? Europe does not want to meet with Iran until they cease enriching uranium but to hell with them says Obama. Wasn’t this cowboy mentality the type that the left railed against about Bush? But since its the chosen one its all good I suppose.

Its ironic actually. Bush allowed Europe to deal with Iran exclusively and they complained about his cowboy mentality. But if Obama is elected they can look forward to even stronger cowboy mentality that will trash all the work they have done….all to score points with his MoveOn crowd.

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