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Neocon Watch

Sen. Menendez's Bull In A China Shop Negotiating Style


We all know that deep the heart of every neocon, they really don’t like “talks” with Iran. A peaceful resolution may come from such talks, and that’ll just set back the ultimate goal of accomplishing “regime change” in the country. If “the nuclear issue” is removed from the table peacefully, a major excuse for pre-emptive war against Iran would go right down the drain.

Those of us who correctly advocate a non-interventionist U.S. foreign policy say that it’s none of the U.S. government’s business how other governments go about defending themselves. However, since the U.S. government does not listen too much (yet) to us non-interventionists, the next best thing that we can call for is for peaceful negotiations instead of another reckless and unnecessary war.

Peace to the neocon, on the other hand, is an abomination. The closest that a neocon will come to desiring peace is when they call for “stability” after the U.S. has overthrown another nation and installed one of its puppet leaders. The U.S. has not yet overthrown Iran, so neither “peace” nor “stability” are desired at this time.

If the U.S. is going to talk to Iran, then Senator Bob Menendez wants the U.S. to take the "Bull in a China Shop" approach. He first boasts that U.S. economic sanctions:

...have led to a 60 percent reduction in the value of its currency and which are costing Iran $5 billion a month.

Economic sanctions are a direct attack on Iranian citizens. How would we Americans feel if a foreign government initiated sanctions against us that contributed to the pummelling of our economy in order to punish political leaders we have very little control over? Would we look at that foreign government favorably?

The Iranian government can also turn around and say "Look at the pain that those Americans are inflicting on you." That’s what Fidel Castro did for decades on end.

Menendez then goes on to say:

This is not the time to loosen sanctions. We can’t want a deal more than the Iranians and we can’t be so anxious for a deal that we weaken our hand at a moment when we hold the best cards.

“We can’t want a deal more than the Iranians”...That pretty much sums up where the neocon Senator stands.

Furthermore, while negotiations are in progress, Menendez wants to club Iranians over the head even harder! The Senate is debating a bill that would, once again, cut Iran’s oil exports in half.

Meanwhile, in America, we’re told that “they hate us for our freedom”. And as a result of this “hating us for our freedom,” every American must be spied on, monitored, and groped by government agents at the airport.

Let us hope that a peaceful resolution is agreed upon, and that another needless war is averted. The fact that it would happen despite every neocon’s wish to the contrary would be an added bonus.


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