Across the Bay

Thursday, May 06, 2004

Amir Taheri on the UN

In a piece relevant to our previous UN discussion, Amir Taheri comments on the UN bid for control of Iraq's political future. If this is what Friedman has in mind just for the sake of an American mea culpa admission of hubris and "lack of humility" to quote our Arab friends, then we're in for an ugly ride backwards into the future.

For a similar sprint backwards to the politics of futility, see this story about a letter to Bush (parallel to that to Blair) by former American ME diplomats.

Let me just give you an idea:

In the eyes of Killgore, such a development would be a much-awaited return to the style of foreign policy led by Secretary of State Colin Powell.

"The (neoconservatives), who are Zionists, got control of our foreign policy after Sept. 11, 2001," he said. "People like Richard Perle, Wolfowitz, Scooter Libby - who works for Cheney - and even Cheney himself, they wanted war with Iraq.

"Powell didn't, and he tried to steer us away from that, to steer us through the UN. Powell lost that struggle, but it is not over yet. With things going awry in Iraq, Powell's hand has been strengthened and the neocons are laying low."

Colin Powell... how refreshing and reassuring indeed.