Wednesday, August 1, 2007



The most controversial question asked in the July 23 Democratic debate turned out to be whether the candidates would talk to leaders of unfriendly nations. Obama said he would talk to those people without preconditions. Clinton said she would not. Ever since then the two of them have been arguing about their responses.

Since Dr. Carl Perrin was not at the debates, we asked him if he would be willing as president to speak to the leaders of Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, Syria, and North Korea. Perrin said, “Wow, there’s a bunch of nut cases if I ever saw one.” He went on to say that you don’t have to go to a foreign country to talk to wackos. There are plenty right in Washington, D.C. Several of Perrin’s bosses, he said, have been pretty delusional.

It would be nice if you never had to deal with irrational people, but there aren’t that many sane people around the world, particularly in government, including the U.S. government. It wouldn’t take long to come up with a list of demented people running things in Washington right now.

“Sure,” Perrin said, “I would go and talk to some of those lunatics. I have experience in talking to delusional deans over the years. You can’t expect people like that to listen to reason, but it is possible to show them where their best interests lie. The last six years of not talking to people you don’t like has only made things worse.”

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