IRAN….I haven’t been over to the NRO site for a while, so I hopped over this morning and saw that one of the featured columns today is “We must defeat Iran.” Goodness, I thought, another war so soon?
But then I noticed that the author was Michael Ledeen. Since Ledeen basically thinks that the United States should quit screwing around and just invade and occupy the entire Middle East, I figured this was more of the same from him and wrote it off. But for some reason, instead of moving on I clicked on the article and read it.
And here’s what’s weird: Ledeen says he doesn’t want a war. Here’s what he wants:
A coherent Iran policy from the Bush administration.
More funding for Farsi language radio broadcasts.
Support for Iraqi Shiites who oppose the Iranian mullahs.
Support for the Iranians who have called for a general strike in July.
I can’t comment on how practical any of this is ? do Iraqi Shiites really have much influence in Iran? ? but it sure sounds pretty unobjectionable. In fact, it sounds rather like the kinds of things that mushy liberals tend to call for, not muscular anti-terrorists like Ledeen.
Is he going soft? Or am I missing something?