The House's Iran Diplomacy Folly

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

The Daily Beast

Op-ed by William Luers, President of the United Nations Association of the USA, and Thomas Pickering, Vice Chairman of Hills & Company

"Know your enemy" has been the guiding principle for some of the most successful political, business, and military leaders for centuries. This almost self-evident dictum first appeared in Sun Tzu's The Art of War in the second century. In contradiction to this wise advice, the House Foreign Relations Committee has proposed legislation that would make it "illegal for any American diplomat to have any contact with an Iranian official." Besides raising serious constitutional issues over the separation of powers, this preposterous law would make it illegal for the U.S. to know its enemy.

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