This image (courtesy of “Twilight”) really needs no interpretation.
In an interview with ABC this Sunday morning, US President Barack Obama, after discussing the Syrian situation, turned his attention back to Iran, saying:
“What they [Iran] should draw from this lesson is that there is the potential of resolving these issues diplomatically…
…if you have both a credible threat of force, combined with a rigorous diplomatic effort… you can strike a deal.”
Or, to quote a plethora of Hollywood film Nazis: “You vill do as vee say, or vee have vays to persuade you.”
If you’re bent on making diplomacy work, Mister President, you don’t need a ‘credible threat of force’ to back you up. America’s policy of foreign relations is one of, ‘Do as we say, not as we do’.
Syria has chemical weapons, but never signed the Chemical Weapons Convention 1993. The US signed, but twenty years later still has not destroyed all its stockpile, despite pledging to do so by 2012. Neither, incidentally, has Russia or China.
Iran is developing nuclear power for, it states, peaceful purposes. If it constructs a nuclear bomb, it will have one (1). The US has 5,113 nuclear warheads presently deployed, or in reserve. These are the numbers we know about.
Diplomacy is a lost art in the United States. Russian President Vladimir Putin, known for his tough guy image, has more diplomacy in his little finger than the US Administration en masse.
American media was appalled by Putin’s op-ed in the New York Times recently, but every word was true. There’s nothing exceptional about Americans, or America. The country’s falling apart. It’s infrastructure is crumbling away. It’s power service is early 20th century.
America spends so much money maintaining its ‘credible threat of force’ there’s nothing left to even educate its kids properly. The only gainer is the defense industry and its many subsidiary suppliers.
Isn’t it about time President Obama and his Congress did their sums and realized that, if they just took time out for a course in basic diplomacy, they’d achieve so much more good in the world at far less of a cost.
Perhaps they could invite Vladimir Putin over on a lecture tour?
 “US Nuclear Weapons Current Status Wikipedia
 “A Plea for Caution From Russia” Vladimir V Putin, New York Times, September 11th 2013