Nov. 28, 2013

Iran is Coming In From The Cold

"Anytime I hear political adversaries use terms like Hitler, Munich, Nazis and appeasement in their argument, I know they are losing the argument so they have to resort to those scare tactics." (Marc Platt, November 2014)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry helped get a deal in place with Iran to curb their nuclear program "in the most effective way: We did it through diplomacy" he said.

Israel obviously is holding their breath that  the regime in Iran really will stick to this and not do what North Korea did when they were actually aided by President Bill Clinton in their build-up.

This unilateral agreement is for 6 months and it entails America to EASE sanctions that have been in effect since 1979 when Jimmy Carter experienced his presidency-ending Hostage Crisis.

What I see happening is Iran is them coming in from the cold. They have experienced a crippling economy and hard times for many years. The 2009 Uprising was just the start of their realization that the people need their government to listen to their needs.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani seems to be a very progressive politician who wants to thrive and survive.  Look for Iran to become a player in many ways in the new world. This is not Chamberlain at Munich. This is not appeasement. This is what President Obama promised he would do in 2008 when he first ran for President of the U.S. 

I am very pro Israel, but that doesn't mean I shut my options off at "Them or Us."  That is not what America is really about.  Americans (as of this writing) favor this deal by a 2-to-1 margin.  

There have been rumblings from Israeli generals and politicians behind the scenes who have been in favor of at least seeing what the next six months bring.  Benjamin Netanyahu makes his "public' pronouncements of this being a "Bad Deal," but he has toned it down.

Do not think that President Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu haven't been communicating all along. Israel is one of AMERICA'S STRONGEST AND MOST IMPORTANT ALLIES. Just know that while these two are not good friends, they do work together for the betterment of their respective countries.

This is not unlike Obama's relationship with John Boehner and Mitch McConnell.  Mr. Obama has a thick skin. He knows that these two guys will blast him publicly, but they are still able to do their jobs behind the scenes.|

My suggestion to my less progressive friends...Wait six months and see if this deal starts to work out. If it does, then look for the Syrian Civil War to end as well. Iran has a great amount of influence in Syria. Bashir Al Asaad takes many of his cues from Iran. 

We all knew going in to Obama's second term the middle east would be his biggest concern. That has started to pan out, but he seems to be up to the challenge.  Hillary Clinton did a solid job setting the table and now John Kerry is executing President Obama's second term agenda diplomatically.

I have heard a lot of conservative people continually warning us not to underestimate Iran and their "Manifest Destiny" and terroristic tendancies. What if Iran really wants to come in from the cold?

I would warn those conservatives...Do not underestimate our Nobel Peace Prize winning President Barack Obama and his diplomatic core. I believe in this case, we are in good hands.