Monday, August 04, 2008

Major Powers

The six major world powers decided today to seek sanctions against Iran for refusing to collapse its nuclear enrichment program, according to the AP.

And, on Sunday, captain of the "axis of evil" team, Iranian leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said that diplomacy is the only way to solve the simmering dispute over his declared intention to develop nuclear power. Of course, it's fine for a Republican presidential candidate to overstate the virtues of nuclear energy, but not our designated enemies.

Looks like Ahmadinejad is closer to the Rand research center, which is hardly an anti-war group, than either of the presidential candidates. After all, it was Rand that just released its findings that military action against counterterrorism is effective only 7% of the time. Wonder how often economic embargos are effective? One has only to look at Iraq and Cuba for answers to that question.

While both contenders for our next commander-in-chief are unwilling to take any option "off the table," Obama is more likely to consider talk over saber rattling as McCain plays earthquake under the table confusing global chaos with national security.

Fear is one of the most frequent four letter words in the John McCain foreign policy playbook, and has proven to be his favorite election strategy with the exception of fast rewind. In fact, anyone choosing to sum up Mr. McCain's presidential campaign in one four letter word has found one. And, should he prevail over Barack Obama, in November, it will be victory for not so much for a rich white guy, but for the chronically fearful.

So it is then that major world powers--Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the U.S. are also folding their hands, and preparing for war. Guess somebody must have told them that diplomacy causes hemorrhoids.