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Iran: Running out of excuses
Posted by: McQ on Friday, June 02, 2006

Iran has asked for direct talks with the US and gotten what it asked for. And, of course, that puts Iran on the spot. Or to use a sports cliche, the ball is in Iran's court. If nothing else this removes all their excuses for not negotiating in good faith, if in fact, that is their intent.

Obviously a diplomatic solution is better than a nuclear a nuclear confrontation. As the Maimi Herald says:
The timing and backstage work that went into the decision suggests a level of diplomatic finesse that has eluded the administration in the past. This groundwork allows the administration to present more of a united front to the Iranians, who have thus far managed to keep the United States and its partners divided over the best way of dealing with the issue.

In agreeing to the talks, Secretary Rice did not concede any substantive points. The offer was rightly conditioned on an agreement by Tehran to suspend uranium-enrichment activities, which are seen as a cover to develop weapons capability.
Kudos to Sec. Rice.

Iran is now in a position where it can't really fob off lack of progress in negotiations to a recalcitrant US. Or a lack of incentives (although I'm sure it might find the incentives to be not enough). But on the up side, it can now, with its national dignity in tact, avoid sanctions and take advantage of the incentives to stop enriching uranium. It is a perfect opportunity for the country to rejoin the rest of the world while maintaining it acted in its own best interests by accepting the deal and the incentives offered ... if it's real intent, and oft repeated stated intent, is peaceful nuclear power.
As President Bush said yesterday, the choice is up to the Iranians. The Iranian government should realize that the end-game is rapidly approaching. The new policy should once and for all make clear which parties are interested in a peaceful, negotiated outcome — and which are not.
Precisely right. Now, if the talks fail, if Iran refuses to negotiate in good faith, if it continues with its uranium enrichment program, it will be hard pressed to convincingly use the US or the European nations as fall guys. It is now up to Iran ... and any failure in this round of negotiations puts the onus of that failure directly where it belongs. They asked for it, they got it ... now let's see what they do with it.

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Previous Comments to this Post 

I wonder if the problem is we aren’t asking in the right language.

Perhaps, if we would say, we wont sit down and talk unless you halt enrichment during talks, they would be more apt to do so.
Written By: Keith, Indy
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Quick response. A shocker, I know.
Written By: ChrisB
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It is now up to Iran ... and any failure in this round of negotiations puts the onus of that failure directly where it belongs.
And the consequences of that failure for Iran will still be nothing but sternly-worded letters from Kofi and perhaps a toothless resolution or two.
Written By: Achillea
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A word on the prospects for attacking Iran, mostly what you’d expect. I don’t think the American people have the will to "do" Iran.
Written By: OrneryWP
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Yeah, I don’t either. In fact, I don’t think they’ll rediscover that sort of will for another generation.
Written By: McQ
A generation from now, we won’t be sending nearly so many human beings into combat. We’ll have robots for that.
Written By: OrneryWP
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A generation from now, we won’t be sending nearly so many human beings into combat. We’ll have robots for that.
Heh ... they’ve been saying that since I was a 2LT.

Heck, they’ve been saying that since George Patton was a 2LT.
Written By: McQ
All this talk about nuclear weapons is purely political spin. The IAEA has stated that it has not found any evidence of a nuclear weapons program in Iran. Iran has a legitimate economic case for nuclear power, which is why the US and Europeans were cooperating with Iran’s nuclear program — see
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Speaking of robots...
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