Posted by Brad @ 12:30 am on May 28th 2007

Dems Have Been Leading the Way on Foreign Policy All Along

Second, Steve points out something pretty interesting in relation to the recent announcement that the United States will be talking directly to Iran for the first time in 25 years. The implications of the talks, or the good/bad of it, is one thing, but what’s interesting, of course, is that when the Democrats suggested that maybe we start talking to Iran last year, it was shot down wholesale by the administration in the starkest of terms. Now, of course, after enough time has passed, that’s exactly what they’re doing.

This is something of a pattern for Bush. In fact, as Benen points out, it’s been the case for Iran, North Korea, Syria, as well as a lot of changes in the US military, the Dems proposed something, it was shot down by the administration as being a terrible idea (often for pretty specious reasons), and then, after about a year, they quietly do exactly what it was the Democrats were suggesting in the first place.

For years, all we’ve heard from the right is that Bush is a bold visionary when it comes to foreign policy, and Dems are weak and clueless. And yet, here we are, watching the White House embrace the Dems’ approach on most of the nation’s major foreign policy challenges.

Worth thinking about.

1 Comment »

  1. Showing Iran that fighting us in Iraq , building or bluffing with nukes and talk about wiping other nations off the map has paid off is not a good thing.

    If we were going to talk to them at all I would have my own ideas about what should be said.

    Comment by Robbie — 5/28/2007 @ 4:36 pm

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