And now whose foreign policy is naive?
San Francisco Chronicle / Omid Memarian
10-Jun-2008 (6 comments)

Obama's willingness to open talks with Iran suggests that he, unlike McCain, recognizes this reality - and that his foreign policy approach is far from naïve. By opening a dialogue with Khamenei, the next U.S. president could seriously undermine general international perceptions of Ahmadinejad's power, while bringing Iran and the United States closer to reconciliation.

News Goffer

Talking to the man in charge in Iran

by News Goffer on

Barring an attack on Iran before George Bush leaves office, I think by the time the new President is inaugurated there may also be some major changes in Iran, shifting power bases yet again.



The blind leap of love

by Fred on

Even the Berkley based Khatamites, the Lefty-Islamist Anti-Semites and regime’s conjoined twins lobbies don’t leap from the conjecture of the “polarized government” to a “democratic” Islamist Republic.


Isn't that interesting

by Abarmard on

In the west, the media just want to find ONE man who controls everything. It's a simplified version of a really complicated system, which shows the lack of understandings of the west about Iranian government.

Also the western media is careful to explain the entire Iranian system so the people would not think that Iran has a polarized government, something that many associate with "democratic"!


Don't forget

by ImtheKing on


Obama in the ACIS meeting had another language. The US policy is dictated by blood suckers 10 000 km from USA no matter who would be in charge, McCain or Obama will exactly do what they would decide



by Vahid in Fresno (not verified) on

Democrats have a better approach to foreign policy than Republicans. I think Obama will do a much better job than George W. Bush did or John McCain would. I am very hopeful about his election and his decisions once in the white house.



by Worried About War (not verified) on

A very interesting read by Mr. Memarian as usual. I know Ahmadinejad is not the decision-maker in Iran, but I doubt that khamenei is the only one either. I think a group of mullahs makes the decisions.

But who are those mullahs? Is Rafsanjani one of them? Yazdi another? Tabasi? So what does this mean when Ahmadinejad's best friend exposes their financial scams? Couldn't it mean that the Leader is in on the expose? To what end? To get rid of his old and stale partners to make room for what?

I agree that things might change in Iran sooner than the next US President is sworn in. I just hope that however those changes happen, they won't further exacerbate the situation to have trigger-happy people attack Iran. Diplomacy is the only decent way forward.