I cannot find anyone who thinks the deal with Iran concluded over the weekend does anything other than brings the world closer to nuclear war. Honestly the consensus is overwhelming, the only debate is in how bad the deal really is.
Abounding are comparisons to Neville Chamberlain’s 1938 Munich deal with Hitler. A deal that Chamberlain said achieved “peace for our time,” when all it really did was pave the way for Hitler’s takeover of Czechoslovakia. The comparisons are apt.
Consider: Britain and France came to Munich as military weaklings. The U.S. and its allies face Iran from a position of overwhelming strength. Britain and France won time to rearm. The U.S. and its allies have given Iran more time to stockpile uranium and develop its nuclear infrastructure. Britain and France had overwhelming domestic constituencies in favor of any deal that would avoid war. The Obama administration is defying broad bipartisan majorities in both houses of Congress for the sake of a deal.
That certainly jives with my understanding of the events of that time and now. But there is one difference Stephens does not discuss that I find truly terrifying. When World War Two broke out in the wake of Munich, Chamberlain had enough common sense to appoint Winston Churchill as the First Lord of the Admiralty. When, mere months later, Chamberlain’s inability to lead the nation in a war was boldly demonstrated he resigned in the wake of a no confidence vote and Churchill became Prime Minister.
My concern is that as the crisis just worsened reaches its apex I do not think this administration has enough common sense to make the appropriate changes in its composition to change the tide. Nor would the resignation of the President (which the ego of the current President would never grant) greatly improve matters, our succession rules to the office being what they are.
It is one of those times when I am most grateful to have faith to rely upon. If you read this blog you may express your faith in a quite a different way than I do. But I bet we share this gratitude. We find it much more difficult to change the tide of events than even the British did in the late 1930′s. But we, because of our faith, have another place to turn to try and shift the tide.
This is what I am most grateful for this Thanksgiving.