MEL GURTOV – One of the predictable outcomes of any US effort to reset relations with an adversary is that allies start whining about their vulnerability and demanding some sort of compensation for it. Thus, no sooner was the nuclear deal with Iran concluded than the Israelis, Saudis, and other Middle East partners criticize it as representing abandonment and emboldening Iran to become a stronger meddler in neighborsâ€™ affairs. All sorts of dire predictions about horrendous consequences are already on record, clearly intended to influence the Obama administration to give these folks something for their painâ€”like money, arms (both of which they get in abundance), and especially new commitments.
ANDREW J. BACEVICH – Policy intellectualsâ€Šâ€”â€Šeggheads presuming to instruct the mere mortals who actually run for officeâ€Šâ€”â€Šare a blight on the republic. Like some invasive species, they infest present-day Washington, where their presence strangles common sense and has brought to the verge of extinction the simple ability to perceive reality. A benign appearanceâ€Šâ€”â€Šwell-dressed types testifying before Congress, pontificating in print and on TV, or even filling key positions in the executive branchâ€Šâ€”â€Šbelies a malign impact. They are like Asian carp let loose in the Great Lakes.