The Iraq study group will report their findings shortly. Since the noise about the bipartisan commission began last summer, the media have described the study group’s co-chair, former Secretary of State Jim Baker, as a “realist,” a practical man, an operator’s operator who’s always got a plan. The implication is that realism equals an exit strategy, a way out, a change in policy that would withdraw US forces.
Ted Koppel returned from a recent visit to Tehran where, he reports, he was the subject of a credit card scam. Oddly, he came back eager to be deceived by the Iranian government too. He proposes on the NY Times op-ed pages on 2 October that the U.S. stop trying to keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Instead, he says, we should tell the Iranian mullahs that if a “dirty bomb explodes in Milwaukee, or some other nuclear device detonates in Baltimore or Wichita, if Israel or Egypt or Saudi Arabia should fall victim to a ‘nuclear accident,’…the U.S. will not search around for the perpetrator. The return address will be predetermined, and it will be somewhere in Iran.”