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Which Path to Persia

PostTue Feb 07, 2017 1:08 pm

Okay, i've grown weary of this back and forthing; Trump is a puppet, no he's not. Trump is anti-establishment, no he's not. With either side demanding evidence.
So we are going to use the ultimate test.
Almost 10yrs ago, the Brookings Institute released their report "Which Path to Persia? Options
for a New American Strategy
Toward Iran". Its available in pdf but since its more than 50 pages long, no one here is going to go to the trouble. So we'll use available excerpts. If Trump's policies towards Iran follow Brookings suggestions to a "T", then puppet-Trump camp will be vindicated. If not, then its all good. And its a good thing to do this now while 'he's just in'.

…any military operation against Iran will likely be very unpopular around the world and require the proper international context—both to ensure the logistical support the operation would require and to minimize the blowback from it. The best way to minimize international opprobrium and maximize support (however, grudging or covert) is to strike only when there is a widespread conviction that the Iranians were given but then rejected a superb offer—one so good that only a regime determined to acquire nuclear weapons and acquire them for the wrong reasons would turn it down. Under those circumstances, the United States (or Israel) could portray its operations as taken in sorrow, not anger, and at least some in the international community would conclude that the Iranians “brought it on themselves” by refusing a very good deal.” -Brookings Institution’s 2009 “Which Path to Persia?” report, page 52.


The plan to offer Iran a deal so superb that it would be intentionally revoked by portraying Iran as ungrateful .
Foreign Affairs magazine, which is published by the Council on Foreign Relations, in reviewing the book stated:

This book is the work of a group of impressive experts on Iran and the Middle East. They know, and probably reflect, the mindset of U.S. policymakers. All the more reason to be disturbed that they place military strikes and regime change on a par with diplomacy and containment.


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The question then arises, will the Trump-aint-a-puppet camp willingly let their kids, friends and relatives be conscripted for a war that: benefits no one except a few ; will certainly draw in Russia?
So, both camps, please remain vigilant and report back here (with apologies or 'i told you so') as soon as both sides are 'positioned at Gaugamela' (iam invoking that decisive battle between Alexander and Darius III).

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