haas & indyk (brookings, cfr)

26 pp. of recycled neocon lite rubbish
from Richard Haas and Martin Indyk,
under the imprimatur of the Brookings Inst.:
Download (pdf)

Some samples of their snotty attitude:

Russia has become an even greater challenge since its use of force in Georgia in August 2008. Moscow could revert to its cold war approach of backing destabilizing actors in the Middle East (such as Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah) with supplies of offensive weapons systems and diplomatic protection in the UN Security Council. Preventing Russia from playing this spoiler role may not in the end be possible, but it is at least worth testing whether Moscow is willing to join a constructive partnership in the Middle East. It may even be possible that Russia’s leaders will welcome that invitation as a way of overcoming the negative repercussions of their Georgian adventure…

Israel is understandably nervous about the failure of the international community to head off Iran’s nuclear program. Its national security establishment is quietly perturbed by the Bush administration’s handling of the issue, particularly its failure to recruit Russia to support a more effective sanctions regime and its release of its National Intelligence Estimate on Iran, which undermined the efforts to achieve an international consensus at a critical moment. Israel’s tolerance for engagement with Iran is more limited than America’s. Israel has never been prepared to accept another nuclear power in its neighborhood, especially not one that directly threatens its existence. Therefore, at least to synchronize the American and Israeli clocks, and to give more time for a strategy of diplomatic engagement to work, the United States will want to persuade Israel not to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities while U.S.-led diplomatic efforts unfold. This will require the next president to enhance Israel’s deterrent and defensive capabilities by offering it a nuclear guarantee and providing it with additional layers of ballistic missile defenses and early warning systems. The United States and Israel will need to reassess their options should it become clear that diplomacy has failed…

Even Obama’s team should be able to see through this disingenuous remark by Haas & Indyk:

Indeed, after eight years of negotiations, most of the substantive issues between Israel and Syria were resolved by early 2000 under the Clinton administration, when all that separated the parties from an agreement was a 200-meter strip of land around the northeastern section of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee).

— ♥ Syria’s Riparian Rights, much?

It’s interesting because Haas if I recall correctly is the pivotal figure at the supposedly ‘moderate’, ‘liberal’, ‘centrist’ CFR. Here is their footnote on the NIE:

The National Intelligence Estimate’s principal judgments were released in November 2007 at the height of the Bush administration’s efforts to step up pressure on Iran. The NIE judged that Iran had stopped its efforts to develop a bomb-making capability in 2003. It went on to argue that Iran was still developing capabilities that could be used for producing nuclear weapons, but its headline created the impression that Iran was no longer seeking nuclear weapons.

— That is masterly obfuscation – its headline created the impression that Iran was no longer seeking nuclear weapons is an invidious way of saying that the NIE stated “with a high degree of confidence” that “Iran was no longer seeking nuclear weapons.”

One Comment

  1. Evie
    Posted December 3, 2008 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like blackmail to me. Here is a way you could contact Richard courtesy of the CFR. http://www.cfr.org/bios/3350/

    It would be an interesting experiment to see if he would answer.

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