reply to post by xpert11
If I was Obama and the time came for a formal diplomatic trip to Iran I wouldn't be delegating the role to Hillary I would go myself .
Before Nixon made his famous visit to China I think that kissinger or State Department officials made secret visits to China to make way for what was
You are right about Kissinger going on ahead of Nixon to China. I just finished a book, “Nixon and Mao: The Week That Changed The World” by
Margaret MacMillan, 2007. Due to on-going periodic releases of the Nixon tapes, she had access to more first hand material than any prior author on
the subject of Nixon. The author relies heavily on Kissinger - still alive - for recounting the events of that week. Dr K plays UP his role and puts
DOWN Mr. Nixon’s role. The only good thing I can say about Dr. K is all of his predictions turn out to be wrong. Once he was the top pay on the
American heavyweight lecture circuit, making $250,000 for a hour’s worth of self flattery. Of which he never fails to deliver.
Heads of government rarely if ever go out to do the negotiating. When they do meet, the job is finished and they go to make the public announcements
and lead the hurrah! I think that practice dates back to the Egyptian pharaohs and Persian monarchs. No leader would dare to risk his political
capital on an uncertain outcome. I don’t look for Obama to fly off to Tehran since Ahmadi-nejad seems to have won re-election handily. Once again,
the West was self-indulged and mislead on the electoral potential of the so-called REFORM candidates. We obviously do not have MUCH intelligence about
Iran “on the ground.” Notwithstanding that Obama will still be working towards reconciliation with Iran.
. . take a deep breath and ask would you trust any regime with a Holocaust denier in its mist with even the possibility of them gaining Nuclear
It is still my opinion that Ahmadi-nejad is full of combative rhetoric and bombast! After all, he has to appeal to his BASE too. We have “blown”
any organized effort to block Iran and its nuclear weapons. Do you hear the UK, or France, or Russia, or China, calling for intervention? (With the US
the original Big 5 atom bomb powers). I don’t. I only hear the US and Israel calling “wolf” and which two are joined at the hip which the world
knows. Shucks, we can’t even stop the North Koreans from getting nuclear weapons. Before it actually happened us one world intellectuals would have
rated that about as likely as Somali getting atom bombs.
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty has no support outside W-DC and Jerusalem.
Such is the mantle of leadership that risks and threats have to be weighted up. Unlike in WW2 the US vs them mentality has proven to be harmful in the
War On Terror.
The sooner we all abandon the phoney War on Terror proclaimed by the ill-informed Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Rice Gang of Four, we will be the better for
it. Since 1950 the Executive branch has run rough-shod over the Legislative branch. It’s this simple: ONE voice versus 535 voices all saying
different things. Congress is a modern day Tower of Babel compared to the one voice of the Presidency. The American public is flummoxed.
PS. I am presently reading “The War of the World: Twentieth Century Conflict and the Descent of the West” by Niall Ferguson. 2006. See Note 1. The
author devotes a considerable part of the book to reciting the near universal harsh persecution of Jews in eastern and central Europe during the 21
year interval between the two great wars.
Poland was especially disgusting in this vein which reminds me that Pope John Paul 2 - on the Vatican’s fast track for sainthood - lived but 27
miles from Auschwitz. I swear when watching his speech offering the late-in-coming “official” Church apology for its role in the Holocaust, JP2
nearly choked! Was he sincere? If the Roman Curia runs the Church, then its choices of the last TWO popes have certainly got Jewish BLOOD on their
hands. The "Crrist Killers" theologgy dies hard!
Niall Ferrguson (born April 18, 1964, in Glasgow) is a British historian who specializes in financial and economic history as well as the
history of empire. He is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and the William Ziegler Professor of Business Administration
at Harvard Business School. He was educated at the private Glasgow Academy in Scotland, and at Magdalen College, Oxford.
He is best known outside academia for his revisionist views rehabilitating imperialism and colonialism; within academia, his championing of
counterfactual history is a subject of some considerable controversy. In 2008, the Allen Lane Company published his most recent book, “The Ascent of
Money: A Financial History of the World” which he also presented as a Channel 4 television series.
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