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And I think everybody understands what the 'next steps' mean.

On Saturday, Condoleeza Rice stated that an attack on Iran is “not on the agenda at this point.” Today she said Iran must halt its nuclear programs or “the next steps are in the offing. And I think everybody understands what the ‘next steps’ mean.” The aggressive cowboy foreign policy of the first part of Bush’s Administration is already looking like a model of internationalism and diplomacy in retrospect.

The underlying message is quite clear to anyone who takes an even cursory glance at US foreign policy. Will this escalate rapidly into "Payback for 9/11 part 3"? Saber rattling and bold statements like "Bring it on!" make for great sound bites, but terrible foreign policy. At this point the Administration is assuming that all nuclear programs in countries they don't like are weapons programs. Sure, Iran may well be manufacturing WMD's, even if Saddam wasn't. Rice does state that referral to the Security Council would be the next step. But if the SC doesn't move quickly enough for the Administration's taste, or worse yet determines based on reporting of the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran is telling the truth, then they quite obviously have no qualms about declaring a preemptive war for whatever reason they think they can sell on Fox.

I believe our world is about to get a lot less safe.

Posted by rev_matt_y at February 9, 2005 3:22 PM