Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Geopolitical Cooties

Regardless of who wins the Democratic nomination, we can rest assured with Barack or Hillary in the White House we will finally be done with childish "us and them" antics like this story from the LA Times.

In the report, a high ranking Iranian official attends a World Economic Forum in Switzerland, unannounced, and has a conversation with US Ambassador to the UN. US State Department freaks out.

Zalmay Khalilzad made an unscheduled appearance Saturday at a World Economic Forum discussion of Iran's controversial nuclear program, whose participants included Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and Mojtaba Samare Hashemi, a top advisor to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

...."Ambassador Khalilzad's appearance with the Iranian foreign minister and presidential advisor was not authorized," said a State Department spokesman, who declined to be identified while discussing a personnel issue. He said officials would speak to Khalilzad about the infraction.
Washington Monthly commentary sums it up best.
It's dumb enough that we have a policy of refusing to speak to Iran in the first place, as if merely talking to them would give us geopolitical cooties. But to repeatedly get bent out of shape by the mere possibility of an American diplomat saying a few words to an Iranian even in an unofficial setting is stark raving mad. Tell me again how many days are left until next January 20th?

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