Iran: Will talks happen under Obama?
Christian Science Monitor / Howard LaFranchi
21-Nov-2008 (2 comments)

But neither close Obama advisers nor Iran experts are expecting a rush to dialogue with Tehran come Jan. 20, for a number of tactical and event-driven reasons:

•The economic crisis will consume much of the new president's attention and is likely to put off major diplomatic initiatives. •The sinking price of oil is seen as having clipped Iran's wings, raised domestic woes for Tehran, and made negotiations somewhat less urgent. •And, most important, Iran holds presidential elections in June, leaving the United States wary of doing anything beforehand that might be used by Iran's extremist and anti-Western forces – in particular President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – to electoral advantage.

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Things may have to wait..

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From the article:

"Concerning timing, he says his recommendation to Obama is "wait – do not rush into this."

"Why? Mr. Cirincione cites Iran's presidential election in June. "We want to see how domestic politics play out in the Iranian elections next year," he said Tuesday, speaking to the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) in Washington. "You don't want Ahmadinejad to be given the credit for bringing Iran to the table."



Making it acceptable to their own people

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Americans and Europeans think with Velayati, Khatami or some other so called "reformist" or less controversial loser as Iranian president, they have a better chance and easier task of making their own constitutents accept/approve of a grand bargain with Iran's terrorist regime, even though they all know the ultimate power lies with Khameneii, one way or the other.