Big powers lose valuable influence when they make themselves look foolish.
, like Japan a nuclear-knowledgeable power without the bomb, is instructing international neophyte Hillary Clinton on how to conduct a diplomatic campaign with a bit more finesse than she has so far demonstrated. The three distinct styles come from countries with different side interests but a common desire to achieve a compromise that leaves Brazil as well a “nuclear-knowledgeable power without the bomb”—exactly the position Iran claims to aspire to. Iran
thinks that public humiliation is the way to isolate Washington , perhaps it should think again. These are core pro-Western established or rising powers with a record of international moderation. Slavish obeisance to right wing Israeli expansionists who cannot tolerate the thought of an independent and defiant Iran is making Iran look foolish and amateurish. That is a dangerous perception for the world to have of its last superpower. Washington
Hillary should go back to working on that other key Obama project – health care – and Obama should find a seasoned diplomat (or at least an open-minded thinker) free of any Likudnik taint to construct a quiet global (i.e., not “white industrialized”) coalition for a moderate path forward on the nuclear dispute with Iran.