Iran negotiations recall Chamberlain
The ongoing negotiations with Iran are painfully reminiscent of extended British negotiations with Nazi Germany during the late 1930s, involving various concessions in exchange for arms limitations and other promises (“Netanyahu: Iran nuclear pact a ‘bad deal,’” Web, Nov. 17). Neville Chamberlain’s infamous concession on the “settlement” of the Czechoslovakian Sudetenland question didn’t yield the hoped-for “peace in our time.” That fateful betrayal of a hapless country only spurred Hitler’s war preparations.
The Obama administration’s signature domestic achievement, Obamacare, has been a growing national embarrassment against a backdrop of several unprecedented scandals still being investigated. How Washington handled the “end” of the Iraq war, the Benghazi atrocities and the popular uprisings in Egypt and Syria are indications of inept geopolitical leadership at the highest levels of our government.
Major concerns now arise. With the Obama legacy at stake, will his administration reach too far to achieve paper “breakthroughs” with Iran so as to overshadow the foregoing profusion of policy failures? Will the West make concessions, such as preventing an Israeli strike? That would be an Iranian diplomatic master stroke, and the parallel with Czechoslovakia’s betrayal at Munich would be inescapable.
Iran’s leaders are patient and diabolically clever. They will negotiate endlessly a nuclear “settlement” while working surreptitiously on nuclear capability with which to ensure the regime’s survival. Meanwhile, they will continue pursuing their long-term goals of destroying Israel and re-establishing the caliphate. ANDY LOGAR Santa Rosa, Calif.