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Marshall Goldsmith
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Marshall Goldsmith

Marshall Goldsmith is an executive educator, speaker, coach and best-selling author. His most recent book is Mojo.

Stabbed in the Back

One of the great weaknesses of the West (and our allies) in dealing with Ahmedinejad is our inability to execute a mutually agreed-upon, coordinated strategy. Although a lot of his opinions seem crazy to me, at least Ahmedinejad has an opinion. Do the "developed" counties even have a unified opinion? If the U.S. and our allies are going to have any impact on him, we are going to have to agree upon a plan - and stand firmly behind that plan. If we, collectively, can not get our own act together, he will continue to play us off against each other - with great results for him.

As for the U.S., a go-it-alone or policeman-of-the-world approach has not worked out so well for us over the past several years, and the rest of the world has shown little interest in following our lead.

Before we demonstrate "toughness" to Ahmedinejad, Western leaders need to have a tough talk with each other - behind closed doors - and emerge with a unified front. Some of our most painful wounds are not caused by being attacked from the front by enemies -- they are caused by being stabbed in the back by our friends.

By Marshall Goldsmith

 |  September 28, 2009; 1:45 PM ET
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One of the weaknesses of the US Strategy is that we cannot defang Iran once they get loaded up with nuclear warheads.

While that may represent a threat to us 10 or 15 years down the line, it represents an immediate threat to Israel. Israel will execute their own strategy and there isn't anything we can do to stop them.

Therefore, all our thinking should be focusing on what we need to do in case that 19 million barrels a day of oil gets shut down from the Straits of Kormutz. But we aren't - its too painful to contemplate. And we have too many self-obessed politicians and ideologists who don't want to recognize simple survival and the rights of our prodigy to live on.

Posted by: agapn9 | September 29, 2009 10:44 AM
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