I’m sure most people who haven’t been living under a rock for the last decade or so have heard former President Bush being derided as a “cowboy.” (If memory serves, they flung the same accusation at Reagan, though not at the elder Bush… but I could be wrong.)
So, it’s interesting to see this translation of an editorial from an Iranian newspaper whose editor is appointed directly by the Supreme Leader:
What punishments they threaten are to persuade Iran to come to the negotiation table, not in order to punish Iran after eventual failure of negotiations which they themselves know is neither realistic nor effective. For now the situation is this: that the Americans in a very impolite way and like uncivilized cowboys beg Iran to negotiate. Their imperialist nature has not yet taught them that begging someone to negotiate with has its own ways and shouting and screaming in a state of emergency can’t be interpreted as a sign of strength. The final and returning point is…that they have no strategy, but only beg to negotiate. After the elections they for a couple of days wanted to speculate that something had changed in Iran and that they should use a different method, but not much time had passed after which they found out that the governments in Iran only execute the decisions of the Leader…
I guess Obama’s attempt to be the anti-cowboy anti-Bush really isn’t working all that well. Kinda like the rest of his agenda.