Friday, December 08, 2006

Dialogue At Last


Two posts ago a debate came up regarding dialogue, some people feel dialogue is a useless exercise regarding U.S. foreign policy (Rhino you bastard *wink*) and I understand their lack of faith, I really do. However I am happy to say that President George W. Bush is seriously considering it following a meeting with Tony Blair.
After talks with his top Iraq war ally President Bush on Thursday indicated that Iran and Syria might be included in regional talks about Iraq, if they meet certain conditions.

Speaking a day after a bipartisan report called on the White House to change course in its war strategy, Bush acknowledged during a news conference with British Prime Minister Tony Blair that, "It's bad in Iraq."

Dialogue is not a cure all, its not a magic bullet, its only an option that we have failed to use and by using it we are only checking it off our list. If dialogue doesn't work I'll feel comfortable saying, "we tried" but if it does work we'll truly have something to be proud of, dialogue is a lot cheaper then bombs and dead soldiers anyway. So lets see where this takes us.

8 Comments:

At 10:32 AM, Anonymous izzi said...

Excuse me if I hold on to my confetti for now.

 
At 12:45 PM, Blogger Miss Carnivorous said...

Talk is cheap. Bombs are expensive!

 
At 1:05 PM, Blogger Rhino-itall said...

yes dialogue with a madman is a great idea. I'm sure it will produce the desired results. it seems like just yesterday when the greatest living ex president had that dialogue with kim jong il and he told us all was good, and the n.koreans weren't seeking a nuke. Now i'm not saying the the iranian guy imaliardude would ever decieve us like that, because he's got such a great track record of being a reasonable sort, but well i guess you'll feel better if you can check it off your list.

personally i prefer the Ronald Reagan dialogue which went something like...Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

 
At 1:32 PM, Blogger D.B. Shobrawy said...

I dont doubt that dialogue can and has a high chance of being fruitless but it will sit well with me once I know we have exhausted every option.

Thats all.

 
At 2:13 PM, Blogger Rhino-itall said...

this is one of those times in my life that i really hope that i'm proven wrong, but i seriously doubt that i am.

 
At 10:34 AM, Blogger The Raccoon said...

DBS... you seriously are willing to be proved wrong by having a nuke detonate in close proximity to you?

Or just to be proved wrong by tens of millions of people dying?

What's the point in talking to people who openly say they want you dead, dead, dead and will not relent no matter what? Especially when these people put their money where their mouth is all the time?

It's like seing two cowboys facing each other on High Street at noon... both ready to pull their guns... both know it's kill or be killed, that no mercy will be given... and then one of them says "Say, Johnny boy, why don't we talk this over?"

Answer - boom.

Insanity.

 
At 11:26 AM, Blogger D.B. Shobrawy said...

Raccoon I believe you suffer from Doomsday Scenario Syndrome. :)

If you want to put it in extreme terms for the purpose of debate then I will say it again YES I am willing to explore dialogue. I dont see how sitting down and confronting our enemies gurantees you a nuke in your mail box, hmmmmm? Lets not be ridiculous.

 
At 7:04 PM, Blogger The Raccoon said...

DBS -

Because this is dialogue while the said enemies are developing nuclear weapons they said they'll use. Because while diplomats sit and talk, these enemies act - building the infrastructure for more terror, killing more people, training more terrorists, spreading their influence...

Words kill, mate.

 

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