On the issue of Iranian nuclear arms, the U.S. imperils its own national security by continuing to function in a dreamworld, denying the unfairness of its position, which is based on Likudnik propaganda rather than reality. Only after opening its eyes will Washington be able to devise a negotiating position that will attract the serious attention of Tehran.
George Perkovich, director of the Nonproliferation Program at the Carneige Endowment for International Peace, has given an interview on the U.S.-Iranian nuclear dispute that deserves attention as it represents an effort to present to an American audience a relatively thoughtful analysis of a subject that is usually, for Americans, filtered through a highly biased Likudnik perspective. Unfortunately, even this interview remains fundamentally colored by cultural biases. Nuclear war is a fairly serious topic; our national security requires that it be discussed dispassionately and fairly. On this topic, the
Perkovich begins with a flat statement that fault in the dispute lies with
The question isn't our willingness to negotiate or to try to find some resolution with this government in
. The real question is whether this government in Iran is at all willing to make compromises on its current posture and take the steps that are required by the Security Council. Iran
Actually, it’s not quite that simple. First, he ignores the 50-year-long record of
Iran is just doing what any number of other countries have done: trying to master nuclear technology that Pakistan and Israel already have in spades, force the world to pay attention to it by a policy of nuclear ambiguity taken straight from the Israeli playbook, and enhance its security via some version of mutually assured destruction.
That is certainly not to say that the
What might constitute a reasonable offer?
Perkovich is absolutely correct that the critical question is whether or not