Max Boot takes New York Times columnist Roger Cohen* to task for faulting the Bush Adminstration’s relationship to Iran by constrasting it with alliance with the Soviets during World War II:
The reason that the U.S. allied with Russia in 1942 was that, notwithstanding the evils of its communist regime, the two countries faced a common existential threat in Nazi Germany. As soon as that threat disappeared, the U.S. and U.S.S.R. became mired in a decades-long Cold War. What common threat does Cohen imagine would bind the U.S. and Iran together? A Martian invasion?
So eager are some on the left to fault the Bush Administration’s foreign policy that they excuse despotic regimes merely because they’re anti-American and forget the context of the historical references they make.
*In Cohen’s Op-ed, he notes (with apparent delight) that Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, referred to former Vice President Cheney â€œDarth Vader” twice in their interview. Instead of finding pleasure in such a remark, a true advocate of international organizations would find it troubling that the head of such an agency would use the standard slur of the left to describe a past official of a democracy. This shows a clear bias on behalf of ElBaradei and should concern those who wish his agency to prevent nations like Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
Wonder if ElBaradei has equally harsh words for world leaders, current and former, like Iran’s leader who have advocated the death of nations and the murder of innocence civilians.