Posted by Curt on 22 March, 2015 at 3:01 pm. 2 comments already!


Jazz Shaw:

I’ve seen a lot of you scoffing at the ongoing negotiations between Iran and the P5+ 1, demonstrating a disturbing lack of faith in John Kerry’s bargaining skills and the long term goals of our president. This is, of course, highly cynical of you. We are clearly on the brink of a new era of responsible partnership with Iran. Why, look what their Supreme Leader said just this weekend!

Iran’s Supreme leader Ali Khamenei called for “Death to America” on Saturday, a day after President Barack Obama appealed to Iran to seize a “historic opportunity” for a nuclear deal and a better future, and as US Secretary of State John Kerry claimed substantial progress toward an accord.

Khamenei told a crowd in Tehran that Iran would not capitulate to Western demands. When the crowd started shouting, “Death to America,” the ayatollah responded: “Of course yes, death to America, because America is the original source of this pressure.

I’m sure those of you showing blind loyalty to Bibi Netanyahu and criticizing the White House are feeling pretty silly now. Obviously the Iranians are negotiating in good faith.

This comes as something of a contrast to Iran’s Foreign Minister, Ali-Akbar Salehi, who earlier described the meetings as a turning point. Salehi went on to say that his nation was in favor of transparency and a win-win approach. Of course, when he said “win-win” I think he was intending that we believe one of the “wins” would be on our side.

This is all too typical of negotiations with Iran, and we saw pretty much the same thing when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was still in power. (The phrase “in power” is used in a tongue in cheek fashion here, since that office holds no actual power in the country.)

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