John Kerry Across the Table from Mohammad Zarif in 2015
Remembering that treaties like this are not negotiated among friends and allies, I liken the Iran Nuclear treaty to the SALT (Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty) Agreement which Richard Nixon signed with the Soviet Union in 1972, limiting the amount of nuclear weapons in each of our arsenals. It did nothing to improve our otherwise hostile relationship with the USSR, increase freedoms in that country nor reduce its domination of Eastern Europe, but it did reduce the likelihood of mutually destructive nuclear warfare occurring. Similarly, this treaty accomplishes the same kind of result in regard to Iran’s development of nuclear weapons, particularly as a threat to Israel and other Middle Eastern nations. It took almost twenty years for some changes to come about in the former Soviet Union, and it is quietly hoped that as a side effect of the Nuclear Treaty with Iran, a similar result will eventually occur there. In both situations, the United States negotiated with a nation it could not fully trust, but that is what international diplomacy is all about. It did not deter us in 1972 and it should not in 2015.
Mike Huckabee and anyone else who comes to mind.
From what you know of them, which of them simply “look right” in these situations? Let’s go!
9. Picture the nomination seeker conferring with any Muslim head of State, shortly after meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister (or vice versa).
I think that the only occasions when they arise spontaneously from someone’s mind is when that person is a genius. Outside stimulation wasn’t necessary for Galileo, Michaelangelo, Mozart or Einstein. Their fertile minds generated ideas on their own! The minds of the rest of us, however, need stimulation.
Needless to say, you shoud always consider the source of the input you choose to select. A recent op-ed piece in the local paper touted "intense competition among health plans and providers" as a solution to the shortcomings they saw in Medicare and Medicaid. This totally ignored the fact the fact that right now, Aetna Insurance is purchasing Humana and Anthem Insurance is purchasing Cigna, actions which lessen such competition. Examination of the origin of this "input" identified it as the Heritage Foundation, and that explains why it took that particular position. Always be aware of the source of the input!
Finally, it should be remembered that authoritarian governments, without exception, institute censorship and quickly take over electronic and print media so that the "input" available to the public can be rigidly controlled, influencing what goes on in the minds of its citizens. To such governments, ideas can be dangerous!