It is time for the United States to stop spending its resources,
goodwill, and credibility in the futile quest of trying to influence the
trajectory of events in Egypt, Syria and the surrounding Arab states.
Leadership now requires that America recognize, no matter how much it
may wish it to be otherwise, that the Middle-East is in the midst of a
region-wide civil war that will re-cast the map drawn up some 80 years
ago by Britain and France to serve their colonial interests…
There is one Muslim country in that region in which time spent by U.S.
diplomacy can reap rich dividends: Iran. It is a country of 75 million
people, of enormous geopolitical importance with borders that straddle
countries that are of vital American national interest. It is a country
that is destined to be a regional heavyweight and to serve as one of the
region’s key balance wheels…
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Robert Morgenthau, the legendary Manhattan District Attorney, used to have a framed Oliphant cartoon in his office. It comically depicted the attempt by the newly inaugurated President Nixon to fire Morgenthau, a Democrat, from his then position as U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of New York, arguably the most influential federal jurisdiction in the country. Morgenthau refused, until he was sure Nixon would replace him with someone who would be non-partisan and of a caliber that this office with its wide remit including Wall Street traditionally demands. The hilarious cartoon’s frames begin with a fiery Nixon giving a direct order to Morgenthau to leave and then transitions through succeeding frames after the D.A. refuses the president’s direct order, to the final frame that has Nixon finally begging him to leave.
The situation in Syria now appears to resemble the mid-point of the Oliphant cartoon…
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