The Corner

International Summit

It’s time to call Kerry on the crux of his plan to fit Iraq – this shibboleth of hosting an international summit. What’s that supposed to do? He clearly means that Iraq would be better off if France, Germany, Russia, and some Arab nations are involved – although I don’t know what they’d bring to the table.

More important, they won’t come without wanting something. The question to Kerry is “what are you offering to these ‘new’ allies to get them involved in Iraq?” The big three would want their commercial contracts back and all the neighboring countries would want a destabilizing influence in the country. Yeah…that’ll work.

John HillenMr. Hillen is the incoming Wheat Professor of Leadership and Ethics at Hampden-Sydney College and is a co-author of What Happens Now: Reinvent Yourself as a Leader Before Your Business Outruns You.

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