Silky Pony: Hey, how about a nonaggression pact with Iran?

posted at 3:37 pm on February 27, 2007 by Allahpundit

No worries. He means down the road a bit, after they’ve given up nukes and cut off Hamas and Hezbollah and done all the other things they’ll never do that would force him to make good on this transparent pander. He irritated the left last month when he told a conference of Israelis that “ALL options must remain on the table” vis-a-vis Iranian nukes and “under no circumstances can Iran be allowed to have nuclear weapons.” Shortly thereafter, he did penance by by declaring an Israeli attack on Iran the greatest threat to world peace — which alienated centrists, precipitating a quick denial that he’d said it. He appears to have settled on this straddle now, where he takes the dovish line but sets high hawkish tripwires to reach it. It’s barely even worth noting what an awful idea it would be: the only party that served by a nonaggression pact would be America’s anti-war faction, who would use it as political leverage against the government in the event that tensions with Iran began to rise. It wouldn’t deter Iran at all, since they make war through proxies that give the mullahs plausible deniability. So even as a serious political proposal, which this isn’t, it reeks.

He also wants us to start talking to Iran and Syria now about Iraq. And while I’d love to goof on him for that, dear readers, I’m sorry to report that the joke in this case is on us:

Plans for talks between Iraq and its neighbors, including Iran and Syria, to find ways to curb the nation’s sectarian violence is now expected to involve the United States and Britain, Iraq’s foreign minister and American officials said today…

The Iraqi foreign minister, Hoshiar Zebari, said the regional meeting on Iraq would include Iraq; its six neighbors; the United States, Britain and the three other members of the United Nations Security Council; the members of the Arab League, and The Organization of Islamic Conference.

Because of security concerns, he said, the delegates would be officials at the rank of deputy minister and below rather than the foreign ministers themselves. But he said he expected the meeting to lead to others.

The American embassy in Baghdad confirmed the participation of American officials in the talks.

The announcement comes within hours of Michael McConnell, the new Director of National Intelligence, listing Hezbollah as one of the two biggest threats to the United States.

Exit question: Should we really be showing weakness when the probable future Supreme Leader is warning Iranians not to provoke the “wounded tiger”?


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But AP, don’t you realize that for Silky’s base, dropping this whole awful “tiger” thing and becoming a “facilitator” is a sign of true strength and the key to a return to flowers and kites?

eeyore on February 27, 2007 at 3:48 PM

This is sounding more and more like the step-down Reagan took with Gorbachev after the ’86 elections. The question now is, did we buy enough momentum with our initial actions in Iraq to come out on top after it’s all over? I hope so.

spmat on February 27, 2007 at 3:49 PM

Good faith? Good luck.

mymanpotsandpans on February 27, 2007 at 4:00 PM

I can’t imagine that Democrats want Iran to remain as a campaign issue. They’ll spend all their time living down the ghost of Jimmy Carter. There could be some brutal campaign ads tying the Dems to Carter’s inaction. “The last time America entrusted Democrats to deal with Iran, 52 Americans spent 444 days regretting that decision.”

rw on February 27, 2007 at 4:03 PM

The only plus in participating in these talks is maybe we’ll confuse Iran. I’m certainly confused.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on February 27, 2007 at 4:09 PM

Meh. These are low level talks that were arranged by the Iraqi gov’t with their neighbors. They invited the rest of the world powers after the fact. Not sure how we could have not been there to protect our interests.

Not really the same thing as Rice going to Tehran or Damascus.

JackStraw on February 27, 2007 at 4:13 PM

Hey Edwards, have you ever heard Neville Chamberlain???

Tony737 on February 27, 2007 at 4:33 PM

Edwards is a Jew-hating pr*ck. And no amount of apologizing will change that. You can’t unring the bell. I hope that SOB drops dead. Or gets cancer.

Andy in Agoura Hills on February 27, 2007 at 4:36 PM

He also wants us to start talking to Iran and Syria now about Iraq.

Sounds good to me… position a couple of carrier battle groups off the shores, ready a few wings of B-2′s, and F117′s, (maybe out of Okinawa? :-), and say, “Now, let’s talk”

dalewalt on February 27, 2007 at 4:39 PM

It depends on the “Tone” of the talks…

It could be…

“uhh… Iran… if we find any more evidence of your complicity in undermineing Iraq, or if you continue to support Hez, if you continue your Nuke ambitions, then we have these little things called F-22s which we need to try out in a combat situation… and heres the target list…”

thats talking too… LOL

Romeo13 on February 27, 2007 at 4:45 PM

I read on cnn.com that Edwards favorite movie is Dr. Strangelove. Says a lot about what he thinks of the American military.

forged rite on February 27, 2007 at 4:49 PM

An “mortal enemy” diametrically opposed to your core principles and way of life, who is ideologically bent on your destruction, which, incidentally he believes is a commandment from God Himself, isn’t really an enemy.

It’s an opportunity in disguise, people!

So, Iran really isn’t an enemy, it’s an “opportunemy”!

Citizen Duck on February 27, 2007 at 5:05 PM

The US is not a wounded tiger. we are a wide awake tiger waiting for Iran to pull the wrong stunt. 2 or 3 carrier groups in the gulf? Wounded my rosie red butt!!!

csdeven on February 27, 2007 at 5:18 PM

I can’t imagine that Democrats want Iran to remain as a campaign issue. They’ll spend all their time living down the ghost of Jimmy Carter. There could be some brutal campaign ads tying the Dems to Carter’s inaction. “The last time America entrusted Democrats to deal with Iran, 52 Americans spent 444 days regretting that decision.”

rw

You’re assuming today’s Republican party is that clever.

Benaiah on February 27, 2007 at 5:34 PM

Plans for talks between Iraq and its neighbors, including Iran and Syria,

Checkmate. We just made it official. The cops and lawyers will take care of the problem. Take the bombs off the jets boys we are going home.

Limerick on February 27, 2007 at 5:35 PM

Let’s just buy a boatload of “aggression off-sets” and settle things once and for all over there.

MarkM on February 27, 2007 at 5:35 PM

A slick trial lawyer expects trust?

I don’t think the mullahs would trsut him.

JammieWearingFool on February 27, 2007 at 5:49 PM

Plans for talks between Iraq and its neighbors, including Iran and Syria,
Checkmate. We just made it official. The cops and lawyers will take care of the problem. Take the bombs off the jets boys we are going home.

Limerick on February 27, 2007 at 5:35 PM

I’m still hopeful we will be able to go through the “motions” of diplomacy to satisfy Europe/Dhimmicrats. Then provoke them (Iran) into direct action somewhere, Lebanon, Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan, or where ever. Then it will be game on (again). Personally, I thought it would have happened late last summer with Israel’s incursion into Lebanon.

As for the “Silky Pony”, I doubt he could find Iran on a map. Really.

Zorro on February 27, 2007 at 6:49 PM

Last time I checked the Molotov-Ribbentrop non agression pact was a failure for everyone involved…. and then some.

Jones Zemkophill on February 27, 2007 at 6:55 PM

Plans for talks between Iraq and its neighbors, including Iran and Syria, to find ways to curb the nation’s sectarian violence is now expected to involve the United States and Britain, Iraq’s foreign minister and American officials said today…

This is great news! Now that the administration is proposing talks, all the lefties will come out against it…

rmgraha on February 27, 2007 at 7:15 PM

Think of the millions of ambulance chasers who could use their physic abilities in court to prove that US troops planted those car bombs. Think of the boost to the economy and all the carbon credits those lawyers could buy. Iraq will be green within a year if we just get out now. There will no longer be ‘two Americas’ just the one that gets sold down the drain.

Limerick on February 27, 2007 at 7:52 PM

This guy should really just go away.

WisCon on February 27, 2007 at 7:54 PM

This guy should really just go away.

WisCon on February 27, 2007 at 7:54 PM

No No No. We need someone who can continually add humor to politics. No one takes this girly man seriously, do they?

Wade on February 27, 2007 at 8:02 PM

1938

Kevin M on February 27, 2007 at 8:05 PM

It’s official for me………….. “Silky Pony” definitely tops the “Breck Girl”.

Someone tell Rush……..

PinkyBigglesworth on February 27, 2007 at 9:20 PM

Where is there a SPINE in the Democratic party?? Liberman has the only set of nads in the whole group besides chillary, just ask her, LOL

bones47 on February 27, 2007 at 9:54 PM

So with this non-agression pact…Are we going to split Israel in half? You know, history repeating itself and all….

Tim Burton on February 27, 2007 at 10:06 PM

I guess our “leaders” are not going to be satisfied until a nuke is detonated inside the borders of the US. I would guess that the nuke would be used on a major city. Libs dominate pretty much all the major cities in this country. I would think they would be all out for trying to prevent this nightmare scenario out of self preservation. I just can’t figure out the uber-left’s logic in this war. It scares me that their hatred for this country can be this bad. Well, at least that is how it appears to me.

still468 on February 27, 2007 at 10:40 PM

Edwards is a Jew-hating pr*ck.

That fence he’s sitting on is getting so thin, that that Jew-hating pr*ck is in danger of getting an adult-onset bris.

smellthecoffee on February 28, 2007 at 12:35 AM

This guy should really just go away.

WisCon on February 27, 2007 at 7:54 PM
No No No. We need someone who can continually add humor to politics. No one takes this girly man seriously, do they?

Wade on February 27, 2007 at 8:02 PM

I hope not!

WisCon on February 28, 2007 at 9:50 AM