Are Ego and Careerism Forcing Unwise Iran Decisions?

Why do American diplomats seek to engage the world’s most egregious, insincere rogue regimes and terrorist groups? That was one of the questions I tried to answer in Dancing with the Devil, a history of more than a half-century of U.S. diplomacy with so-called rogues. The term ‘rogue regime’ isn’t the product of the past decade’s politicization of national security; rather, it has its roots in the 1970s but really came into vogue during the Clinton administration when such officials as Secretaries of State Warren Christopher and Madeleine Albright and Secretaries of Defense Les Aspin, William Perry, and William Cohen all embraced the term, as did Clinton himself. In short, the Clinton team defined rogue regimes as states that eschew the norms of diplomacy, engage in proliferation and sponsor terrorism, and cannot be readily deterred. In short, rogue regimes are not ordinary adversaries. North Korea and the Islamic Republic of Iran are rogues; the Soviet Union and communist Cuba were and are adversaries.

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