With strife in Iran, U.S. should put brakes on applying pressure
Merced Sun-Star
01-Sep-2009 (4 comments)

given the incredible political drama that has been playing out in Tehran since rigged June elections, the White House and Congress need to rethink earlier deadlines. Iran's political elite is still convulsed in internal power struggles, whose results aren't clear yet. The worst thing the administration could do would be to take action that strengthens Iran's ultra-hard-liners while making the United States look weak.

To understand Obama's options, it's necessary to look backward. Before the disputed Iranian elections, the Obama team sent a letter to the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The letter reportedly laid out a framework to resolve the question marks over Iran's nuclear program and establish cooperation on regional issues.

The letter was in keeping with Obama's campaign pledge to "engage" with Iran to reshape relations. Unconfirmed reports say the Iranians responded without commitment.
Then came Iran's presidential elections, whose rigging sent millions of protesters into the streets. No further response has arrived from Iran since the vote, say top U.S. officials. Indeed, it isn't even clear at this point who really controls security policy in Tehran.

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by XerXes on

If anyone want to put pressure on Iran they first need to visit Ghazvin to understand the meaning of the word!!
However, in case they don't get visa, they can wear tight clothing and go to Fransisco instead!


Obama will deal with Iran according to the needs of the...

by Ostaad on

US national interests, not what Natanyahu nor the amen corner choir boy and AIPAC tea-and-crumpets server like.

Iran has come up with its own proposal to proceed while the West has run on threats. Chances are Iran and the West will engage in negotiations soon. This leaves Israel and other enemies of Iran at quite a disadvantage, althought they will insist on more sanctions. 




Mola Nasredeen

Why not United States worry about the needs of Americans

by Mola Nasredeen on

and not be obsessed with what Iran does? What's the government plan to defeat the reactionary forces inside United States? The ones who are against Health Care Reform? Why not to push away the racist blood sucker Israelis and tell them to shut up and stop meddling with our political process?

Q, Thanks for the article.


Attaboy IRR

by Fred on

Apparently an advice the rabid Islamists like, but why just a pause “till dust settles” as NIAC and its conjoined twin CASMII lobby advocate too.

Why not an attaboy note from U.S. President to the IRR, the Islamist Rapist Republic, officials. After all the Islamist rapists have been hard at work and could use some validating encouragement.