Team Bush’s once formidable message discipline seems to be breaking down. Watch and see as aides to Condoleezza Rice and Robert Gates tell all about their bosses efforts to get the Gitmo detention facilities shut down, and the ways Alberto Gonzalez and Dick Cheney stymied those efforts. They even say explicitly that Gonzalez’ political weakness is a reason for raising the issue again.
As you see, the Chapter VII UN Sanctioning process can be made to work just fine as long as the United States continues drawing its evidence of Iranian misbehavior from credible international sources. That our diplomats have been working diligently to get foreigners to ratchet-up the pressure is all to the good. It’s crucial that we not do anything crazy — bombing, say — that would puncture this international consensus. And, of course, you’ve got to be able to take “yes” for an answer if the Iranians decide they’d rather rejoin the world than build a nuclear bomb.