by Emmanuel Navon
In Tocqueville's days, traveling to
Today, even writing a blog upon returning from the new world would seem preposterous; yet I venture to claim that my recent journey there makes a worthwhile story.
I happened to be in
Thus has the Obama Administration publicly cornered itself to the choice between an Iranian bomb and the bombing of
The Clinton Administration, for example, tried to reach a "grand bargain" with
Even the Bush Administration pursued accommodation with the mullahs. In 2008, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw convinced Condoleezza Rice that the Iranians were ready for a deal: they would suspend uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of Western sanctions. Rice, in turn, convinced President Bush to support the initiative. By mid-2008, the Americans were convinced they had reached an agreement with the mullahs. Condoleezza Rice was getting ready to publicly announce at the UN General Assembly in September that the
In December 2008, former Iranian President Rafsanjani declared, referring to the
If the Obama Administration wants to bridge the gap between
Whether this is naïveté or demagogy is already beside the point. Tocqueville sensed that
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