Tuesday :: May 31, 2005

George W. Bush: Appeasenik


by rayman

I distinctly recall, during those halcyon days between the summer of 2002 and March of 2003, that those of us opposed to the invasion of Iraq were routinely derided by the 101st Fighting Keyboarders as foolishly "appeasing" Saddam, with the tried 'n' true Neville Chamberlain analogy being trotted out. Now, instead of pushing the ever-tempting "told ya so" button, let's focus on the Bush administration's appeasement vis-à-vis Iran and North Korea. What's that, you say--how could the steely-eyed Codpiece Commander be an appeasenik? Steve Andreasen, who was in charge of arms control at the NSC during the Clinton administration, explains the clueless stoopidity of Dubya's neu-appeasement. The key grafs:

No one can accuse the Bush administration of making an active effort to appease North Korea or Iran. In fact, the administration has gone to great lengths to avoid even the appearance of "giving in" to Pyongyang or Tehran, refusing to engage in direct negotiations regarding their nuclear programs. Without negotiations, the reasoning appears to be, there can be no concessions, no agreement and no appeasement.

Or can there be? The administration seems to have forgotten the part about meeting the aggressor head-on. Indeed, the administration's approach might be called passive appeasement — and the absence of energetic diplomacy or credible military threat may be just as injurious to U.S. interests as an active agreement recognizing renegade nations as nuclear powers.

Andreasen goes on to explain how the administration has passively (there's that word again) sat by while the North Koreans continue to work on their nuclear program.
Because of a lack of assertive diplomacy, the most isolated, dangerous regime on the globe has been permitted to increase its nuclear inventory. Only now — when North Korea appears ready to stage a nuclear test — is the administration considering establishing its own red line, backed by threats of negative consequences. But bilateral negotiations with the North apparently remain off the table.

Beautiful.

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