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August 28, 2013

The President Is Apparently "Evolving" Once Again

From today's interview with PBS:


Well, that's odd because he seemed to tell the New York Times precisely the opposite in 2007:

I would meet directly with Syrian leaders. We would engage in a level of aggressive personal diplomacy in which a whole host of issues are on the table. We’re not looking at Iraq, just in isolation. Iran and Syria would start changing their behavior if they started seeing that they had some incentives to do so, but right now the only incentive that exists is our president suggesting that if you do what we tell you, we may not blow you up.

My belief about the regional powers in the Middle East is that they don’t respond well to that kind of bluster. They haven’t in the past, there’s no reason to think they will in the future. On the other hand, what we know, is that, for example, in the early days of our Afghanistan offensive, the Iranians we’re willing to cooperate when we had more open lines of dialogue and we were able to identify interests that were compatible with theirs.”

Maybe it's Syria that has evolved and now they do respond well to this type of bluster. It was probably the Cairo speech that did it.


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