Saturday, August 04, 2007

Simple Ideas Our Very Serious People Don't Understand

Juan Cole:

As for the mostly sane Democrats, could we please stop talking about whether we are going to nuke our allies? I mean, I know that Obama and Clinton are afraid that their Republican rivals will talk tougher than they and will depict them as soft on terrorism. But I can't imagine that the electorate wants to hear that nukes are on the table with regard to the tribes of northern Pakistan!

And if you were Iranian and heard the Clinton and Tancredo remarks, wouldn't you tell your nuclear scientists to start putting in overtime? Wouldn't such talk actually spur nuclear proliferation in the Muslim world?

Or, to put it another way, imagine if Pakistani or Iranian politics was dominated by discussion about whether or not nuking the US was "on the table."