The actual strategy is detente first, and then a full alliance with Iran throughout the Middle East and North Africa.Why would the POTUS want to pursue such a bizarre, benighted plan? As Ledeen explains, Obama and America's enemies, including those wannabe-nuclear mullahs in Ayatollahville, are muy simpatico re the historical deployment of American power:
The central theme in Obama’s outreach to Iran is his conviction that the United States has historically played a wicked role in the Middle East, and that the best things he can do for that part of the world is to limit and withdraw American military might, and empower our self-declared enemies, whose hostility to traditional American policies he largely shares.That's your president, Americans. How proud you must be! (BTW, I started to read--and got about 150 pages into--The Invisible Bridge by Rick Perlstein. Perlstein's thesis is that there's, yes, an invisible bridge between Richard Nixon's failed presidency and the rise of Ronald Reagan, who assumed the mantle of American conservatism and changed the U.S. forever--and not in a good way. The reason I gave up after only 150 pages into a book with 800+ pages is because Perlstein's scorn for Reagan and is so ugly and so unhinged that it became painful to read. Also, I got tired of annotating, furiously. Also, I didn't buy the author's "big idea"--that the 60s were swell because they revealed huge divisions, which was a good thing for America, and that Reagan, a simpleton and a phony in Perlstein's view, did the country a huge disservice by papering over those divisions and inspiring Americans to believe, post-Watergate, that their nation was still exceptional.
Boo hiss, Reagan.
Anyway, it seems to me that there is, in fact, no bridge, invisible or otherwise, between Nixon and Reagan. There is, however, a visible, a glowing, bridge between those 60s radicals and the man who currently occupies the Oval Office. Don't expect Perlstein to write a book about that, though. He's too busy trashing wicked conservatives [this is, after all, an author who calls Nixon, though not the Viet Cong, "evil"], and getting into a spot of bother over plagiarism while doing it.)
Update: What Barack Obama Can Learn From Richard Nixon About Israel and Foreign Policy