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