George Costanza was a better negotiator than Barack Obama
In a classic Seinfeld episode (well, okay, each episode of the show is a classic), Jerry Seinfeld's friend George Costanza turns down an offer from NBC for the proposed pilot of their show about nothing. As George explains to the incredulous Jerry, this is all part of negotiating for a better deal.
JERRY: You what? You passed? How could you do that?
GEORGE: ahhhhh (exhaling) Jerry, my young friend, you're so naïve. You are so, so naïve. You know about a few things. You know about comedy, a little bit about relationships, some baseball, but you are so far out of your element here, you are embarrassing yourself. Now listen to me. I'm negotiating. Negotiation, this is what'cha do in business.
JERRY: Let me explain to you what you just did. There are literally hundreds of people trying to get pilot deals with them this year. They go with maybe, five. Okay, if we pass, that's it. They go to the next show.
GEORGE: Ooooo, I'm scared. . . . Ohoooo they're not going to do the show.
JERRY: We're lucky they're even interested in the idea in the first place. We got a show about nothing. With no story. What do you think, they're up there going, hey maybe we should give those two guys, who have no experience and no idea, more money!?
GEORGE: Ohooo what are we going to do? I'm shaking! I'm shaking!
JERRY: Well, I think you're wrong.
GEORGE: Well, we'll just see.
JERRY: Yes we will.
GEORGE: Yes we will.
JERRY: I just said that.
GEORGE: I know you did.
JERRY: So good for you.
GEORGE: So good for you.
JERRY: What are you repeating everything I'm saying?
GEORGE: What are you repeating everything I'm saying?
JERRY: Well George is an idiot.
GEORGE: Well George . . . .
Well, we all know how that turned out; in his crazy way, George's stubbornness and willingness to say no, and his understanding of the culture of NBC, led to one of the greatest and most innovative shows on television.
Now compare him to junior varsity negotiator President Barack Obama (D) and his vision for dealing with Iran, a country and culture he truly doesn't understand. Obama seems to believe that by making nice to Iran, drawing them in to a web of alliances, and reducing what he thinks is their isolation, they'll be happy and sign and uphold agreements to behave. According to Victor Davis Hanson, Obama believes:
1. Readjustments in the global order are long overdue.
The exceptional postwar influence of the United States did not result in a fair and just world and is thus in need of major recalibration. The use of military force abroad in recent decades has almost always been mistaken, proving a waste of lives and money, (snip)
Change is always misinterpreted and mischaracterized by reactionaries whose interests abroad are imperiled by any progress that leads to greater equality and fairness and to the end of unwarranted hierarchy and privilege. (snip)
2. All nations and interests act rationally — if given a chance. (snip)
Ideals, persuasion, feelings, and intent are now the stuff of foreign policy, not archaic and polarizing rules of deterrence, balance of power, military readiness, and alliances. (snip)
3. Do abroad as we try to do at home. (snip)
Contrary to popular opinion, the Obama legacy will not be found at home but abroad, in reordering the global role of the U.S. from an establishment power to a revolutionary force for change. (snip)
4. Don’t sweat the details. (snip)
Prophets are not like us and have no responsibility to articulate details or insist on logical consistency, much less to worry about how others of less talent implement their grand visions.
However Obama's distorted vision and negotiating strategy have resulted in a diminished America while hundreds of thousands have died; on a, granted, smaller scale, the Seinfeld gang's realistic assessment of getting a deal with NBC revolutionized the traditional sitcom and brought happiness to millions while making them very, very wealthy. If they negotiated with Iran, they would certainly do better than the present team now in place.