With leaders like these, who needs enemies?

As I have stated before, the Bush/Cheney/Rice policy of declaring countries as being evil had the effect of pushing them to further extremes.  In the case of Iran, the moderates who had been gaining ground were replaced with more conservative hard-liners, who used the “Axis of Evil” comment as an Orwellian tool to beat back the democratic desires of the masses.

As this article states:

Iran made several attempts at diplomatic outreach towards the US in 2001, 2002 and 2003, but the Bush administration made the decision to rebuff and ignore these gestures and Iran quickly became an enemy of the Bush administration. One consequence of these decisions was the election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as President as the more moderate leadership in Iran was pushed aside.

Either Bush, Cheney, Rice, the fellows at the American Enterprise Institute, and many members of the Republican Party, aren’t too intelligent when it comes to foreign policy, or they cunningly and malevolently steered us down this costly path.  With friends like these, who needs enemies?

Read more: America’s Iran Gamble and how Iran is benefiting from it

~ by mz on November 3, 2008.

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