THE GODFATHER SPEAKS….The Bush folks sure do confuse me at times. Here is Condi Rice today talking about Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons:
I believe that everyone is telling the Iranians that they’re going to have to live up to their international obligations, or next steps are in the offing. And I think everyone understands what “next steps” mean.
Yowza! What are we talking about here? Nuclear strikes on Qom? Cruise missile assaults on nuclear facilities? U.S. troops marching on Tehran? What?
Nope, none of the above. If Iran doesn’t cooperate, we’re going to….refer them to the UN.
That’s been the plan all along, of course, but why the tough guy language if that’s all we have in mind? I’ve heard of strategic ambiguity, but this is ridiculous.