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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.


        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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