The View From 1776
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Direct Talks Without Preconditions
Senator Obama may be willing to meet personally with the Iranians for diplomatic discussions without preconditions, but they aren’t prepared to return the favor.
See Iran’s Preconditions in the Wall Street Journal.
Of course, that probably doesn’t matter to Senator Obama and his liberal-progressive supporters. Their conception of foreign policy is simply to make the United States more popular. Presumably, we should make nice to the Europeans so that they will like us, even if that requires sacrificing our own national security interests.
Being, in effect, at the beck and call of our enemies like the Iranians, prepared to accede to their conditions, will please them and will show the Europeans that the United States is willing to abandon its 50-year role as protector of political liberty here and for our allies. The French, in particular, will be happy, as one of their long-time objectives has been to cut down our strength and thereby to make France an equal power in foreign affairs.