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I recently sent the following to a prominent Democrat from the Clinton administration:
Your recent blog post about Iraq and Sen. McCain certainly drew great interest judging by the number of comments. I was not surprised that there was no mention about the role that Iran is and will be playing in Iraqi politics and conflict for the foreseeable future.Just something to think about....Perhaps there is one opportunity that has not been explored by either Democrats or Republicans: normalizing relations with Iran. Certainly that would be an extremely difficult and problematic effort, but the reality of the Middle East is that Iran is the hub of politics and the greatest military power next to the U.S. in that area. Recognizing Iran's interest in any political solution in Iraq is paramount and necessary before any lasting political and military solution can be realized. Obviously, it is politically incorrect to say this in Washington, but something that a professor from a California university could say to some influential colleagues in Washington.
The military reality is that no nation on earth can successfully challenge the U.S. in warfare. The reality also is that the U.S. military cannot establish peace and democracy in any nation that does not want it badly enough... because the military is not organized nor equipped to do that... except at extraordinary cost.
In a less serious vein...
My wife is extremely ... extremely ... interested in politics. The television is one stream of political commentary after another. I have to seek respite at my computer to avoid it. But, I have to admit, she keeps our discussions interesting.
Recently, she offered up her own solution to the Middle East... and threw in our "immigration crisis" to boot. To wit: give a 150 mile wide strip of land along the border with Mexico... stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico... to Israel as a replacement "homeland". Let Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine split up the old Israel.
Why does she believe this is a good solution? Well, the Muslims will be happy to get back the land that the Israelis "stole" (let's not get into 3,000 years of history). The Israelis get a new homeland (New Israel?) that is removed from the traditional enemies. The U.S. gets a really effective solution to its illegal immigration problem.
What about the holy sites... Jerusalem... the Wailing Wall...? Her solution is... let Disney build some replicas... better than the original... with rides for making money. Okay, that is a bit of a stretch for something that is a real stretch.