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Way too long…

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Since I took the time to post on here. This fact is not due to a lapse in news worthiness facts and opinions smothering the media. Domestically we have seen the Stonewall of NO Republicans reciting a 7 word play on a daily basis for months. If I hear another self-tanned, hair salon-styled John Boehner mention “Ramming down your throat” I may have to contact the FCC regarding the content being allowed on the air.

Besides this, we have seen numerous geopolitical hot spots heat up and cool down, an Afghan surge, elections in Iraq, Iran’s continuing persecution of free speech, etc…

I just haven’t been able to wrap my head around one subject with a daily annoyance over every topic. But, today I had a thought that went beyond the 140 character tweet. My thought pertained to the recent developments, or destruction, of the Israeli-US relationship. I don’t feel like there are a lot of Americans who are blaming the Obama administration for not holding together the relationship with one of our most key allies (but I haven’t actually read a poll backing that up). I do not want to get into all of the implications the latest changes in this relationship could bring, but I would like to really just propose an alternate scenario of the situation and how the feelings might change for some reason.

I was thinking about Israel and how the US in a few quick statements could shift the entire political structure there if it felt so inclined. But we don’t dare manipulate the scenery of Israeli politics for some reason. Even mentioning that we should stand up to Israel brings a strange feeling that we are “breaking the rules”.

So, I thought about a similar situation where we obviously had close allies, but would leave them behind to advance our national security. I guess some easy examples to me are almost every partner that is not inline with Russia. We may side with many Eastern European nations with issues attached to Russia, but when they go too far without US approval, they are left behind. At that point, I feel like it actually opens up new room for dialogue between the US and Russia.

Here we are, with, what seems to be, a great opportunity to open up greater dialogue with the nations found in the Middle East. They are not Russia, but the tensions surrounding each of their countries represent a greater risk to US national security than Russia has for years. When it comes to this relationship with Israel, though, it just feels like I am breaking the rules to think strategically about the slight breakdown of our alliance…

Should it be that way?

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Misconceptions of Iran

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In the past couple of years I have hoped for greater diplomatic dialogue between the US and Iran. These hopes were not out of disgust in the Bush administration, but the common interests that the majority of Americans have with the majority of Iranians.

Unfortunately, so many people in the US have an astonishingly small understanding of the people of Iran. I don’t really want to get into the many misconceptions. It is important for people to take a small amount of time in doing research to gain a better understanding of the world.

I want to know what other people think. If you have thoughts about Iran, thoughts about what you think Iran is, provide some feedback here.


The US and Russia…Can we be Pals/Strategically Alligned Partners on Specific Issues

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This will be a short post. I think we are beginning to see what could be the potential end of two long disagreements for the US.

Fareed Zakaria points out in his recent article in Newsweek that

His sin was to point out in a letter to the Russian president that were Moscow to help in blunting the threat of missile attacks from Tehran, the United States would not feel as pressed to position missile defense systems in Poland and the Czech Republic—since those defenses were meant to protect against Iranian missiles. This is elementary logic. It also strikes me as a very good trade since right now the technology for an effective missile shield against Iran is, in the words of one expert cited by the Financial Times’s Gideon Rachman: “a system that won’t work, against a threat that doesn’t exist, paid for with money that we don’t have.”

The Russians don’t want the US to install a missile defense system in Eastern Europe.  The US does not want Iran to expand their nuclear activity.  Russia has the ability to influence Iran.  Russian works with the US to end Iran’s nuclear ambitions, then the US does not install the defense system. 

This seems like a very good and possible scenario.  Why can’t we get this process rolling?

Also, scary thought…could Bush’s insistence on the defense system play out to ultimately be a brilliant strategic move?

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