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Friday, November 14, 2008

Obama's 'advisers' on Iran: 'Raise the white flag'

I want to remind you all once again that I am still in Boston (yes, I know, this has been a long trip) and that while it is already the Sabbath in Jerusalem, it is still several hours until the Sabbath starts in Boston.

The JPost reports on the 'advice' President-elect Barack Hussein Obama is getting on dealing with surrendering to Iran:
"An attack would almost certainly fail" while coercing Iran with economic sanctions has very little chance of success, the experts say in a report to be presented next week at a conference on the future of US-Iran policy.

"Threats are not cowing Iran and the current regime in Tehran is not in imminent peril," according to a copy of the report obtained by The Associated Press.

The Iranian people "have seen the outcome of US-sponsored regime change in Afghanistan and Iraq. They want no part of it," the report said.

Far more likely to succeed, said former US ambassadors Thomas Pickering and James F. Dobbins, Columbia University scholar Gary G. Sick and 17 other experts, is to "open the door to direct, unconditional and comprehensive negotiations at the senior diplomatic level."

At the same time, they advised facilitating unofficial contacts between scholars, professionals, religious leaders, lawmakers and ordinary citizens.
Let's just raise the white flag of surrender.


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