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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Obama's embarrassing outreach to Iran

One has to wonder what President Obama thinks he is going to accomplish by his outreach to Iran. This past week, Iran smacked him twice: once regarding its nuclear program and a second time regarding civil liberties in Iran. Obama claims he just wants to talk to Ahmadinejad, but if his goals aren't to get Iran to drop its nuclear weapons program and to allow more freedom for its own civilians, then what are his goals?

Regarding the nuclear program, Ahmadinejad said - yet again - this week that it's not up for negotiation, let alone cancellation.
According to BBC Persian, on the 15th of April, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in a speech in the city Kerman stated that “the people of Iran are people of logic and dialogue. However the time for discussions over the nuclear program has come to an end, and the clock will not go back”.

He continued to say “today, we have to discuss and collectively think about other issues such as reform of international structures, reform of the UN Security Council, and execution of justice and real peace. Iran is ready in all such areas”.

Ahmadinejad also addressed the preparation of a new package for negotiations. He stated “last year, we offered a package. However, taking into consideration new developments, we are preparing a new package which will soon be ready, and we are ready to discuss subjects mentioned in the package”.

It is very unlikely that Ahmadinejad would make such a statement without the consent of the Supreme Leader.

Therefore, judging by his statement, the nuclear program is unlikely to be part of the negotiations with Obama.
The writer, Meir Javedanfar, sees this as a victory for those who have championed tougher sanctions and military action because "They could use Iran’s unwillingness to even discuss this important issue as a sign that talks with Iran are futile." I disagree. Obama is so dead-set on 'talking' to Iran that he is willing to talk for the sake of talk, and will attempt to use any discussions as a means of delaying tougher measures - until it is too late.

Here in Israel, the government is oblivious to the notion of 'talking' to Iran, and will do what it needs to do with our without American cooperation.

In the civil liberties department, it was an even more distressing week in Iran. American reporter Roxana Saberi was sentenced to eight years in jail for 'espionage.' Here's Obama's reaction. Let's go to the videotape.

Kind of like the lame reaction to the North Korean missile launch, isn't it?

I suspect that a lot of Americans are longing for the days when having an American passport meant you wouldn't be abandoned abroad. Sadly, those days are gone, at least until January 2013.


At 3:03 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Moreover, while Obama is bending over backwards to the point of supineness for Iran and every dictator and tough on the planet, he's being macho and steely when it comes to Israel. If Israel wants to be a Jewish State, can't have that. The One has bigger fish to fry. There is a pattern here.

What can go wrong, indeed?

At 11:07 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Obama's administration is QUICKLY proving to be a typical colonialist-minded regime; colonialists never care about what happens to the population or the civilians of a country, all they care about is their self-interest. Biden has LONG been friendly with some of THE most disgusting head honchos of that regime, his aids and senate staffers have met with them and their proxies for over a decade now and DC career power-mongers like Hamilton, Brzezinski, Scowcroft and so on, are all out to make nicey nice with a regime that was the source of their political careers failures to begin with. So in short, look to Obama for more betrayal of America's friends (i.e. the Iranian people) just like the U.S. did to the Hungarians in '57, Cubans in '61, Iraqis in '91 and and and...


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