Friday, May 21, 2010

Krauthammer on the "Fruits of Weakness"

Here's an analysis by Dr. Krauthammer of the reasons why Turkey and Brazil, ostensible American allies, did a deal with Iran to undercut American efforts to obtain new sanctions on Iran.

"The real news is that already notorious photo: the president of Brazil, our largest ally in Latin America, and the prime minister of Turkey, for more than half a century the Muslim anchor of NATO, raising hands together with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the most virulently anti-American leader in the world.

That picture -- a defiant, triumphant take-that-Uncle-Sam -- is a crushing verdict on the Obama foreign policy. It demonstrates how rising powers, traditional American allies, having watched this administration in action, have decided that there's no cost in lining up with America's enemies and no profit in lining up with a U.S. president given to apologies and appeasement."

Of course, it really doesn't make any difference that new sanctions were made more difficult, as they have never had any chance of working anyway. That has never been their real purpose. The whole reason for sanctions is to disguise the real policy of doing nothing.

Sanctions are meant to make doing nothing appear to be doing something. Brazil and Turkey realize the sanctions effort is just posturing, and they believe it is safer for them to ingratiate themselves with the strong horse rather than the weak horse.

This administration, like the last one, doesn't have the stomach for military intervention, which is the only thing which would stop Iran from acquiring nukes. It is engaging in this endless theater about sanctions so that it has plausible deniability about its policy of doing nothing to stop Iran from acquiring them.

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