German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has warned the US to back away from the possibility of military action against Iran over its nuclear programme. His comments come a day after President Bush reiterated that force remained an option but only as a last resort Mr Schroeder's rejection of force came at the official launch of his party's election campaign. Mr Schroeder directly challenged Mr Bush's comment that "all options are on the table" over the Iran crisis. "Let's take the military option off the table. We have seen it doesn't work," Mr Schroeder told Social Democrats at the rally in Hanover, to rapturous applause from the crowd.
Schroeder is once again reverting to his - and most socialists' - tired old useless knee-jerk anti-Americanism. BUT WAIT: Let's see if his position makes ANY sesse at all: Schroeder is saying that miltary action must be ruled out - taken completely off the table. If that were the case, then WHAT would become the last resort under Scroeder's strategy!? A really REALLY stern letter of rebuke!? Calling Iran names!? Passing sanctions which would be as easily circumvented by Iran as they were by Saddam!?
Sheesh: Schroeder's position amounts to a TOTAL emasculation of the current diplomatic effort precisely because the Iranians KNOW that they will not have to suffer anything if they continue to ignore international oversight (and international rules which they have already REPEATEDLY broken).
IOW: Without the threat of force - as a last resort - the IAEA and the EU3 diplomatic efforts are worthless. Schroeder has just undermined the diplomatic efforts, efforts which Bush's strong statement actually STRENGTHENED!
Thank God we have a president who will do the right thing ( and use force if necessary) - even if the inept socialists of Old Europe (like Schroeder and Zapatero) AND the corrupt bureaucrats of the UN (like Kofi and Benon) don't want him to! More HERE, and HERE (believe it or not, a "Reuters" article which notes that anti-Americanism is a recurrent electoral theme for Schroeder!).
I REITERATE: Bush's veiled threat actually STRENGTHENED the EU3 diplomatic efforts (by incentivizing Iran to accept negotiated terms); Schroeder's pacifism actually weakened the EU3 diplomatic efforts (by signalling to Iran that there is a crack in the EU/USA unity - a crack they will now exploit)!