Having just read David Brook's Op Ed piece, "Converting the Ayatollahs", in today's Times (2/27/), I would like to know your opinion on this arrangement Obama is working for with Iran.
I read the Brooks column online last night. He's more seductive than Netanyahu, but they're on the same page. I think the gang up of the extreme right (US and Israeli) against Obama for trying to establish a mutually necessary modus vivendi with Iran is extremely dangerous. I could pose a dozen questions here about the consequences of following neocon-GOP policy in the past, and many more about what would come of a Netanyahu reelection coupled with the ascendancy to power of rightist hawks in the USA. I don't think a repeat of force, a la Iraq and Afghanistan, will "convert the Ayatollahs" and I don't think "converting the Ayatollahs" is the essence of the problem. Just to be provocative — I know I shouldn't — I think a government in Israel of the ultra right (those who assassinated Rabin and cry "Death to the Arabs") would be more able and willing to resort to a nuclear bomb against Iran than the other way around.
I'm not going to write a rebuttal to Brooks today although one occupies my mind along with indignation over Netanyahu's warmongering collusion with the GOP. It's probably my age, but some days I'm low on energy.