The only people who should be happy about the American presidential "phone call" to new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani should be AT&T and Rouhani himself. Otherwise we look like rank amateurs in this potentially dangerous encounter.
Thinkman2 (Nov. 1, 2013): There is something more than prophetic about this piece: it is also a "a pathetic" exposure of just how dangerously clumsy our diplomacy(or lack thereof)has become and what the consequences might still be as we stumble along.
Joe Honick, GMA International Ltd (Oct. 15, 2013): In other words, Art, Ketchum was "only following orders." Sound familiar?
Joe Honick, GMA International Ltd (Oct. 8, 2013): Kevin, I did hear it and agree with him. One wonders what we might do if Canada were not the fine country she is but were like Iran on our doorstep. We just never think such things when coming down on Israel. Most have forgotten it was Israel in 1983 who knocked out Saddam's nuke operation only to catch hell from Reagan and the UN...despite having no doubt saved tons of lives. Thanks, Kevin.
Kevin Foley (Oct. 8, 2013): Joe, Israeli PM Netanyahu gave a very enlightening but chilling speech about Rouhani and Iran's aim to build a nuclear weapon at the U.N. last week. If you haven't heard it, give a listen.
arthursolomon (Oct. 4, 2013): I agree with your take on the Iran/Obama situation.
But saying that, I disagree with your implications in the article about Ketchum and Obama: I still think the president was wrong not to follow through on his red line statement re Syria, but it doesn't hurt to see if the negations with the Russians works.
Also, I don't think Ketchum did anything to undermine the U.S. because I don't believe that any op-ed or editorial, or what pundits say, have any effect on U.S. policy. History shows that regardless of what is written about U.S. policy, both foreign and domestic, doesn't get Washington to change its policy.