69 million page views

speaking of insanity...

Reader comment on item: Do Tyrants Heed Their Minions? A Look at Putin and Saddam

Submitted by David (United States), May 23, 2022 at 23:39

... I've been following the dialogue about Iran in the "Center for Security Policy" headed by Frank Gaffney, whom I believe the author must know, with some disbelief at the unseriousness of the debate and the ridiculousness of some of the assumptions currently being made.

Gaffney pronounces that he opposes the return to the Iran deal because, he intimates, Iran already has a nuclear bomb, therefore the deal purports to solve a problem that cannot be solved anymore. A better reason to oppose the return to the "deal," is that it solves no problem at all: it merely provides Iran with a glidepath toward a legalization of a weapon that it would otherwise be prohibited from obtaining by its own NPT obligations. ...

I credit this particular failure of will now, on the part of the DC establishment writ large, to the fact that Trump withdrew from the deal but could not summon the resolve to actually do something definitive about the nuclear program, transforming some conservatives who were once stalwart believers in the necessity of confronting the Ayatollahs, into belated defenders of a new status quo. A particular disappointment in this regard was Mike Huckabee, who pronounced around two years ago that Iran is not "a big enough" concern, and who cheered the former President for his "restraint."

Regarding Putin, I think the view that he's "capricious" is surely popular, but probably mistaken. He's a leader who has, for a multitude of reasons, made a serious strategic miscalculation.

Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to speaking of insanity... by David

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2022 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)