In the waning days of his presidency, George Bush is not just content with having created chaos and confusion in the Middle East by his blunder in Iraq, but apparently would like to leave a new legacy of disaster in Iran. The European Union offered a new package of economic incentives and cooperation with Iran’s peaceful development of nuclear power, but President Bush, as usual must present the tough cowboy approach of a man from Texas. He thanked Gordon Brown’s leadership which has resulted in an EU announcement of freezing overseas assets of Iran’s main bank if there is failure to respond to peaceful overtures of cooperation. But, Bush had to add that while diplomatic negotiations are “my first choice, The Iranians must understand that all options are on the table, however.” This is a clear threat of military operations against Iran.
The European Union proposal is still being examined by Ali Larijani, Speaker of the Iranian Parliament who promised to “carefully study the package” and Bush has to intrude with threats which are bound to make Iranians hold back to show the world they are not frightened. George Bush simply does not understand there are times when silence is more powerful than words of war.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown was firm with Iran and promised to do all in his power to cooperate but also warned that refusing to make changes would result in further EU sanctions. President Bush apparently has never considered that an incoming president in January of next year should possess the flexibility to engage in diplomatic negotiations with Iran without to deal with the aftermath of an American military strike on that nation.