Giuliani ought to recognize that he is no longer the big-mouthed mayor of New York but a serious contender for the White House. All that his talk can accomplish is to make Iranian moderates rally around Ahmadinejad. That's a pity. Iran's economy is weak, and even many Iranians know their president needs his meds. His agnosticism regarding the Holocaust -- maybe it happened, maybe it didn't -- has to strike educated Iranians as deeply embarrassing. But Ahmadinejad does not actually rule the country. The mullahs do.Cohen highlights the real picture in Iran, not the absurdity most of the presidential candidates are spewing.
If we move closer to a war with Iran, Reformists in the country are more likely to see hard-line positions as more attractive. We can't overlook this. We can at least attempt to work with the Reformists in the future.
Giuliani, the best for America?
Updated 7/08: Obviously at this point Giuliani is no where near the point he was when I wrote this post, and overall ran an entirely ineffective campaign. However, I would like to take note of Iran and its intentions. Now I wouldn't characterize myself as falling into lock and step in the vision Giuliani had during his campaign, yet I will say that Iran did and has for a long time posed a legitimate threat to not only American interests but also to our ally, Israel. It has repeatedly tested our defenses and is sending mixed messages. I would just like to simply point out that I may have been a little harsh on Giuliani and his foreign policy platform and wrong about his judgment.