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  •  a lot of iranians (14+ / 0-)

    are just tired of the extremism. the uprising a few years ago was brutally suppressed, so this was an attempt to head in that direction through political means.

    i think obama has handled iran very well- not belligerent, but also not supportive of reform in ways that could create a backlash and undermine it. he has mostly been hands off, and iran has found its own way to reform, without external meddling.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 10:54:05 AM PDT

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    •  Agreed. (3+ / 0-)

      But the degree to which the Iranian president has been empowered to negotiate and cut a deal appears to be unprecedented. I think the sanctions play a large part, but the internal Iranian discontent is certainly broader.

      See here.

      Obama's last letter to the Ayatollah was rebuffed. But this letter went directly to the president, and it seems to be quite well received.

      You never trust a millionaire/Quoting the sermon on the mount/I used to think I was not like them/But I'm beginning to have my doubts -- The Arcade Fire

      by tomjones on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 11:31:53 AM PDT

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      •  You're assuming the Ayatollah is separate (0+ / 0-)

        from Rouhani. It's my understanding that the president of Iran is merely a figurehead, working at the behest of the Ayatollah. I think it's all in the timing. Maybe before they were able to exist with the sanctions, but now their situation has worsened. Also, from the way they responded to the uprising, I don't think they really care what their general public thinks.

      •  no question (2+ / 0-)
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        the sanctions have worked.

        The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

        by Laurence Lewis on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 12:44:53 PM PDT

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        •  Worked so well that Iran is offering the same (1+ / 0-)
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          things they offered to Bush nine years ago, prior to the sanctions.

          Yeah.

          That's the ticket.

          It's time to admit they've been willing to accept a reasonable deal for a decade, and that it's the US that been belligerent and intransigent.

          "But the traitors will pretend / that it's gettin' near the end / when it's beginning" P. Ochs

          by JesseCW on Sun Sep 22, 2013 at 01:43:13 AM PDT

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