Map of the Problematic

Roy Antoun
Feb 16, 2010 at 1:16 PM

There is something extremely problematic with the way the State Department handles its foreign policy, especially after the election of an administration that has promised us something along the lines of a "change" from the last administration. The New York Times reported today:

At a news conference in Tehran on Tuesday, reports said, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reiterated that Iran was ready to suspend enrichment if it could exchange its low-enriched uranium stockpile for processed fuel rods from abroad. But he said the swap should be “simultaneous” — a demand already dismissed by the United States and its allies.

“We are still ready for an exchange, even with America,” Mr. Ahmadinejad said, according to Reuters.

With the State Department immediately announcing a dismissal in even acknowledging Mr. Ahmadinejad's proposal, it is no wonder why Iran's government is distasteful towards America and her allies.

Russia, on the other hand, has been far more diplomatic:

On Tuesday, Natalya Timakova, Mr. Medvedev’s spokeswoman, said Russia’s position had not changed and the Kremlin believed Iran should have “broader and more active cooperation” with world powers on its nuclear program.

“The international community needs to be certain that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful,” she said, “but no one can rule out the use of sanctions if these obligations are not fulfilled.”

Russia, a former communist country, has adopted some of Thomas Jefferson's basic international relations theories:  "Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations - entangling alliances with none."  What also seems troubling is how the United States feels more threatened by Iran's "nuclear capabilities" being an ocean away than Russia does being only a border away.