Sunday, October 4, 2009

The White Queen Of Texas

In a column intended to portray President Obama as delusional (like Alice in Wonderland's White Queen), George Will inadvertently reminds us that Obama's Iran problem was made worse by his predecessor, who may have had some illusions of his own, about the irresistible attraction of democracy, when he invaded Iran's neighbor:

[Defense secretary Robert] Gates says "the only way" to prevent a nuclear-capable Iran "is for the Iranian government to decide that their security is diminished by having those weapons, as opposed to strengthened." But to accept that formulation requires accepting two propositions that would tax the White Queen's powers of belief.

One is that possession of nuclear weapons would make Iran less secure. Question: If Saddam Hussein had possessed nuclear weapons in March 2003, would the United States have invaded Iraq? Iran's leaders probably think they know the answer.

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