Light up a few little flames on the periphery and let the wind do the rest.
The Middle East is seeing the little fires being lit up.
The question is, which direction is the wind blowing or in other words; who is fanning the flames?
Policy to Persia
A wiser policy toward Iran more akin to the one Kennedy applied to Cuba during the missile crisis would be to take the military option “off the table,” quiet down the noise level from actors in the U.S. and in the region (such as Bibi Netanyahu) who are screaming for a war, and deal with Iran on terms of mutual respect and a realist recognition of shared interests. This dual-track policy appears to be where President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton are heading. It is the only policy that can defuse the “crisis.” There is no military solution.
Read an enlightened article in full [here] by Joseph A. Palermo
Associate Professor of History, California State University, Sacramento. Professor Palermo’s most recent book is The Eighties (Pearson 2012). He has also written two other books: In His Own Right: The Political Odyssey of Senator Robert F. Kennedy (Columbia, 2001); and Robert F. Kennedy and the Death of American Idealism (Pearson, 2008).
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