Roger L. Simon

Discreet Charm of the Punditocracy

Eric Umansky sends up a trial ballon today. Why didn’t we do with Iran in private what we just did in public – quietly tell the mullahs we would negotiate with them directly (and give them lots of goodies) if they would just abandon nuclear enrichment? It’s about “face,” you see – those fragile Persian egos.

Well, maybe it is (and a lot of ther things too). But I would ask Eric a simple question – How the Hell does he know we didn’t already do that a dozen times? Answer (I can give it for him): he doesn’t … and neither do I, although I imagine the Euros were authorized to say many things on our behalf . Obviously much has been going on behind the scenes we don’t know about. We only see the surface and comments like Eric’s are largely irrelevant blather. Call it the Discreet Charm of the Punditocracy, Senor Bunuel… I apologize to Eric for picking on him here. We all need to fill space. [So do you. That’s why you’re bringing this up.-ed. You’re right. And it has the luxury of being brief. I have to get to the office.]