Unsteady as she goes
America’s disappearing foreign policy
Posted: October 6, 2013 at 3:24 a.m.
A MAN “may smile, and smile, and be a villain,” to quote a play of some renown called The Tragedy of Hamlet (Act I, Scene V). This suave new “moderate” president of Iran smiles and smiles, too. Experienced and worldly diplomat that he is, His Excellency Hassan Rouhani dispenses ever more rhetorical softsoap, the kind guaranteed to ease and smooth, all the while winning time. And time is the one invaluable, irreplaceable commodity in that other great tragedy, the one called Realpolitik. Or sometimes The Great Game of Nations. And his excellency’s skill at it is undeniable, for he’s played this game before. Expertly.
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Editorial, Pages 84 on 10/06/2013