In the spirit of Bill V’s posting of Stratfor material, here is a note from Gary Sick, an Iranian expert. He wonders is the US being ham-handed with Iran, or is it proving to be more supple in its approach. He opts for the latter. Fascinating to see how he builds a unified approach to US diplomacy.
Here’s how the Sick article begins, nicely underscoring the problem:
The past few weeks have made me scratch my head about the dramatically dissonant signals coming out of Washington. One possible conclusion is pure chaos and incompetence, with no one in control of the message.
But there is an alternative explanation that intrigues me. Perhaps messages are being delivered to multiple audiences more or less simultaneously, in a complicated effort to have your cake and eat it too. Or as I would like to believe, undertaking a new initiative with Iran while trying to disarm the political opposition.