Wednesday, May 31, 2006


"Hack" Kelly is up to his usual nonsense.

Apparently, we are to believe that there is ethnic strife in Iran (not hard to believe), which is threatening the reign of the mullahs (I'm somewhat more skeptical), and which will have an even greater effect because of all of the Iranian under-30s who are desperate to overthrow them, by revolution if necessary (much mroe skeptical), and install a government that does whatever the U.S. wants (okay, that part I inferred, and it is hogwash).

But even if everything he says is true, the rest of hisarticle is rather a non sequitur. He quotes someone who plainly denies that the U.S. has played a role in fomenting this ethnic strife (which, if it had, would have been done presumably as a means to effect regime change). Yet, he says that this is why Iran is so desperate now to negotiate with the Americans, and why such negotiations would be "throwing a lifeline" to the regime, instead of letting it be overthrown in the coming civil war as would be the righteous thing to do.

Huh? HUH? What "lifeline?" Why would us trying to negotiate a way to get Iran to stop enriching uranium have any effect on domestic revolutionaries? The two issues to be negotiated are Iran taking steps that could lead to it acquiring nuclear weapons and the possibility of American military action to counter such. The ostensible goal in any meeting would be for Iran to distance itself from the possibility of getting nukes and for the U.S. to move away from military action. Unless the U.S. is behind the revolutionaries, and our agreeing to drop our support of them is a condition of the negotiations, they would have no effect on Iran's internal affairs.

In fact, it would be possible to negotiate with Iran on nuclear issues while still covertly supporting opposition groups. So, in realiy, Kelly is simply making up a dumb excuse as to why the U.S. ought not to talk to Iran. Put another way, he is trying to use the false hope that we can get everything we want without lifting a finger if we are just ornery enough (the people of Iran will do all the work for us in gatitude for our snubbing the hated mullahs) as a way to get us into a situation where we will be forced into an actual war with heavy commitments. It's the calssic con where someone tries to float a real low price at you, only to find all sorts of fees and charges that get aded after you've committed yourself.

"Hack" Kelly has once again proven himelf to be the jerk I always knew he was.

That is all.

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