On Deliberately Missed Opportunities 
Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 07:08 PM
The NYT reports that Israel and Syria have begun peace talks, mediated by Turkish officials. This is a major missed opportunity on the U.S.'s part -- mediating peace talks between Syria and Israel would give us a major boost of credibility among Arab states and could help us bring Syria into a useful role in Iraq. Instead, the administration has strongly opposed negotiating with Syria and has been shouting that talking our enemies is appeasement of the same order as Neville Chamberlain's Nazi appeasement (Chamberlain gave away half of Czechoslovakia, which is a tad different than merely talking).

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