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Iran Snubs Top Democrat’s ‘Outreach’

From the Wall Street Journal:

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani speaks with journalists during a news conference in Tehran February 2, 2009.

Senior Democrat Snubbed by Iran in Outreach Bid


FEBRUARY 2, 2009

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs tried to meet a top aide to Iran’s supreme leader in mid-December but was rebuffed at the last minute, a snub that illustrates the challenges to dialogue with Tehran pushed by President Barack Obama.

Rep. Howard Berman, a California Democrat, notified Mr. Obama’s transition team and the Bush White House of the planned meeting in Bahrain, according to senior Obama administration officials.

The engagement with Ali Larijani, speaker of the Iranian parliament, would have marked one of the highest-level meetings between American and Iranian officials since the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran. It’s unclear why Mr. Larijani pulled out…

Rep. Berman’s office didn’t respond to requests for comment. A spokesman at Iran’s mission to the United Nations in New York declined to comment…

The proposed meeting was brokered by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, organizer of the Manama Dialogue, an annual regional security conference. Rep. Berman canceled his trip to Bahrain after being notified by the institute that Mr. Larijani wouldn’t attend, according to officials familiar with the episode…

Maybe Mr. Larijani had laryngitis.

Still, it’s almost as if Iran is not sincere in some of the things they say, such as about wanting to engage in talks with the United States.

How long will it take for our President to recognize this hitherto carefully hidden tendency on their part?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 2nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “Iran Snubs Top Democrat’s ‘Outreach’”

  1. 1sttofight says:

    Peanut Carter, Part II

    • Liberals Demise says:

      He’s a career politican and nothing more….he is running for Prez again in 2012. It’s ALL he knows how to do, for christs sake!!

    • wardmama4 says:

      Somewhere on this site someone said it best – can’t believe that this guy is going to make Carter look good.

      The One ™ is going to be praying for even that, soon.

  2. Reality Bytes says:

    Hey, Obama! I got a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell ya! Know How?! Cause we captured & water boarded some bastards before they were able to blow it up! Wake Up! You’re not running against Bush anymore!

  3. Reality Bytes says:

    You know, John, before we call this guy “our president” he should start acting like one first. So far, all I’ve seen is special treatment for tax cheats, lobbyist picks (not that there’s anything wrong with it) & slamming the previous administration to make some kind of weak point.

    I mean really!!! Can you remember another President or VP slander their predecessors?!

    • JohnMG says:

      Interesting thought. Obama’s not finished nominating people to his cabinet, but for a campaign that repeatedly called Bush a criminal it seems ludicrous in light of him selecting the people he has.

      Consider: Emanuel, Richardson, Geithner, Daschel, Rangel, Holder, Clinton, Frank, Pelosi, Ried, Dodd, Biden,Schumer, Kennedy, Reich………….we’re getting close, but we’re not there yet. Tax-cheats, extortioniosts, crooked lobbyists, bribe-takers, inside-traders, scam and con artists, seditionists, sellers of spy secrets–I haven’t even begun doing justice to the list of ne’er-do-wells.

      I’d like to propose a new name for the administration, once the number reaches critical mass.

      How about; Ali Obama and the Forty Thieves?

    • proreason says:

      He’s not “our president”.

      He’s the president of a criminal gang that uses political offices acquired through exploiting the ignorance of the American people to steal wealth from citizens who are capable of creating value.

      And the reason they can exploit the ignorance of the American people is that they planned for it by taking over and dumbing down the education system and infiltrating the media.

      You can find a lot of ways to sugar coat it, but that is the plain truth. Critical mass was reached during the Clinton years. This new regime is starting where that one ended.

    • Reality Bytes says:

      How about renaming the Oval Office, The “O Zone”. Like the atmospheric one, there’s a hole in there too.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      SPOT ON, RB!!

      There’s a hole in the “O” Zone!!

  4. Confucius says:


    First the Politico. Then the House Republicans (and a few Democrats). And now Iran.

    It isn’t even two weeks in this historic presidency and the honeymoon is already over.

    Who would have thought “bipartisan” and “unity” meant bringing together Republicans, Democrats, left-wing media and Islamofascist terrorists?

    Maybe this presidency is historic . . . .

  5. 1republicanscientist says:

    I find this whole situation extremely humorous, to an extent. I love to see the crap hit the mudflaps on the OBAMA bus, but it is also frightening to see our new prez acting like a limp noodle. Have they (demo) not gotten it yet? Wasn’t north korea a good enough lesson on failed diplomacy? What if one of their lame duck nukes actually worked? Friendliness won’t work with these eggheads, they see it as weakness.

    • proreason says:

      “they see it as weakness.”

      That’s exactly what the eggheads don’t get.

      And The Moron is an extreme case. He has been primped and pampered his entire life as his radical handlers beat the bushes around him, and like a out-sized high school jock, the idiot thinks his success is due to his own brilliance.

      He is the worst kind of person to be dealing with cutthroats. Dangerous, very dangerous.

    • sheehanjihad says:

      The Islamists have been quietly rubbing their hands together at the aspect of a leftist liberal democrat president and congress. This is exactly what they needed to be able to strong arm their way to a nuclear capability. What passes for our government will still be asking to talk while the sun is setting on both horizons, and the spectre of mushroom clouds is in everybodys view. The islamists dont want to take this country over, they want to destroy it. and now they see their chance.

  6. sheehanjihad says:

    To anyone who deludes themselves into thinking that Islam can be placated with anything short of intense unmitigated violent force…”ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee”

  7. Liberals Demise says:

    The American public has a violent wake up coming if they think that they can reason with the Arab / Muslim / Islamic rabid dogs. This Presidency will be shaken to the foundations by these sub humans!! But they do have something in common……No Morals!!

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