Thursday, July 17, 2008

Yeah, but Obama made appeasement cool, you guys are just biters

The Guardian sez:
The US plans to establish a diplomatic presence in Tehran for the first time in 30 years as part of a remarkable turnaround in policy by President George Bush.

The Guardian has learned that an announcement will be made in the next month to establish a US interests section - a halfway house to setting up a full embassy. The move will see US diplomats stationed in the country.

Wasn't it only in May that talking to Iran was the equivalent of giving Hilter the Sudetenland? Then yesterday, the White House went an announced that it was sending William Burns to, uhm, negotiate with "terrorists". And now we're sending diplomats to Iran proper. I don't really know what to make of this. Has the non-insane wing of the White House finally managed to completely marginalize Cheney and his neocon buddies? I'd like to think so, as I've been expecting a surprise bombing of Iran ever since that Seymour Hersh article detailing the secret(well, I guess not that secret) planning of the crazies.

Part of me though thinks that this is some weird cynical ploy to continue with the new "No, really... hear me out, hear me out... I'm not joking... it's Obama who is running for Bush's third term!" line of attack. Like, "Obama wants to talk terrorist states like Iran... just like Bush!" At least I hope that's what happens, as it would be so absurd that I couldn't help but enjoy the surreality of it all.

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