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Obama Has ‘Reached Out’ To Iran’s New President

From the UK’s Guardian:

Iran’s Rouhani may meet Obama at UN after American president reaches out

By Julian Borger | 15 September 2013

An exchange of letters between Barack Obama and the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, has set the stage for a possible meeting between the two men at the UN next week in what would be the first face-to-face encounter between a US and Iranian leader since Iran’s 1979 revolution.

Britain’s foreign secretary, William Hague, is also due to meet his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, at the UN general assembly meeting in New York, adding to guarded optimism that the June election of Rouhani, a Glasgow-educated moderate [sic], and his appointment of a largely pragmatic cabinet, has opened the door to a diplomatic solution to the 11-year international standoff over Iran’s nuclear programme.

There are no ‘moderates’ in the leadership in Iran.

Tehran took the Foreign Office by surprise, tweeting on Rouhani’s English-language feed that the president would also be prepared to meet Hague, something the UK had not even requested…

Diplomats said that the tweet reflected the new Iranian government’s eagerness to make diplomatic headway on the nuclear issue, which has been at an impasse for several years…

Gee, we wonder why Iran is suddenly so eager to try to negotiate a deal with the West right now? Could it have something to do with how easily they and Putin and Assad just rolled Obama on Syria?

We used to say Obama is acting like Jimmy Carter on steroids. But actually he is acting more like Jimmy Carter on estrogen. In any case, Obama is out-Cartering Carter in the Middle East.

Carter just managed to lose Iran and begin the whole Muslim extremist movement. But Obama is in the process of losing the entire Middle East and giving Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood and the other Muslim extremists total victory.

In a television interview aired on Sunday, Obama made clear that there was a diplomatic opening with Iran, not only over the nuclear question but also over Syria. He confirmed earlier reports that he and Rouhani had "reached out" to each other, exchanging letters.

US officials were sceptical about a Rouhani meeting, but some observers said the Geneva deal on Syria’s chemical weapons has opened new space for global diplomacy…

We’ll bet it has.

Trita Parsi, head of the National Iranian American Council and an expert on US-Iran diplomacy, said "I think there is a chance [of a meeting]. It would be a strong political push for movement. If Obama got involved, it would be the infusion of political will needed to reach an agreement." …

Yes, they know they can count on Obama to give away the store as long as he is given credit for saving the world.

Parsi added that if Obama was to meet Rouhani it was likely to be an orchestrated encounter in a corridor, rather than a sit-down talk, "to give both sides deniability". The last encounter between an American and Iranian leader was when Jimmy Carter met the Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, in 1977…

Rouhani has nothing to worry about. Unlike the Shah, he is an implacable enemy of the US. Obama won’t try to overthrow him.

In the same interview, Obama also urged Iran’s leadership not to draw the wrong lessons from his decision to draw back from air strikes on Syria in pursuit of a diplomatic solution to the chemical weapons crisis. He said it showed that it was possible to resolve the standoff over Iran’s nuclear aspirations peacefully, but insisted it did not indicate a weakening of US resolve to stop the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction…

Yes, Obama showed Iran that if you use weapons of mass destruction you can count on the US to arrange to let you keep them for a least another nine months. But then you have to hand them over to your closest ally for safe keeping.

At least, you have to pretend to. And only for a while. Which should be a pretty stiff warning to Iran.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, September 16th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Obama Has ‘Reached Out’ To Iran’s New President”

  1. … waiting for the ‘bowing’ photographs and then the cheek to cheek kisses …

  2. One spanking wasn’t enough for this guy? I pray for a government shutdown. A nice loooong government shutdown.


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