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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-24-07 12:02 AM
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WP op-ed, by Governor Bill Richardson: Diplomacy, Not War, With Iran
Diplomacy, Not War, With Iran
By Bill Richardson
Saturday, February 24, 2007; Page A19

....As the International Atomic Energy Agency just confirmed, Iran has once again defied the international community and is moving forward with its nuclear program, yet the Bush administration seems committed to repeating the mistakes it made with North Korea. Rather than directly engaging the Iranians about their nuclear program, President Bush refuses to talk, except to make threats. He has moved ships to the Persian Gulf region and claims, with scant evidence, that Iran is helping Iraqi insurgents kill Americans. This is not a strategy for peace. It is a strategy for war -- a war that Congress has not authorized. Most of our allies, and most Americans, don't believe this president, who has repeatedly cried wolf.

Saber-rattling is not a good way to get the Iranians to cooperate. But it is a good way to start a new war -- a war that would be a disaster for the Middle East, for the United States and for the world. A war that, furthermore, would destroy what little remains of U.S. credibility in the community of nations.

A better approach would be for the United States to engage directly with the Iranians and to lead a global diplomatic offensive to prevent them from building nuclear weapons. We need tough, direct negotiations, not just with Iran but also with our allies, especially Russia, to get them to support us in presenting Iran with credible carrots and sticks....

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Diplomacy is more than just talking to people. It requires speaking credibly from a position of strength. As the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, as energy secretary, as a member of Congress and as a diplomatic envoy, I have always believed in and worked to achieve tough, credible and direct negotiations with adversaries. To be tough, you need strong alliances and a strong military. And to be credible, you need a record of meaning what you say. By alienating our allies, overextending our military, making idle threats and antagonizing just about everyone, the Bush administration has undermined our diplomatic leverage....

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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Skink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-24-07 12:21 AM
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1. This guy should be in the White House.
and besides what's so bad about cockfighting anyway?
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skipos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-24-07 10:10 AM
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2. He LOVES diplomacy, and that's exactly the kind of person we need to undo all
the damage Bush Inc has done.
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