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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Two More Wins for Bush's Diplomacy

Dan Drezner notes that the Bush administration had two very big diplomatic victories yesterday. Why aren't we hearing about them?

1) The US, EU, UN and Russian Federation issued a joint declaration on the Palestinian elections making it clear that continued economic aid would depend on demonstrated commitment to "the principles of nonviolence, recognition of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations, including the Roadmap." This is a remarkable display of solidarity among powers with very distinct interests in the Middle East. A great deal of the credit has to go to Condi, Condi, Condi! [and of course to her boss]

2) The five permanent members of the Security Council and the European Union adopted a common position on Iran, agreeing to report it to the Security Council over its nuclear program. As the WaPo points out, Iran was not expecting this unanimity of response and is now on the defensive.

As I have been pointing out for some time the Bush Administration has been racking up major diplomatic achievements for several years now. It is about time that Dubya start getting some credit for them.

Read Drezhner's comments here.

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