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  •  Hellooooo? Israel? (0+ / 0-)

    Your diary says nothing regarding Israel's influence.. the fact AIPAC talking points on this have already been sent to the usual hacks in congress who will block any positive movement forward.

    Amid news of an exchange of letters between Mr. Obama and Mr. Rouhani, and fresh discussion in Washington of negotiations that could lift sanctions against Iran, Mr. Netanyahu’s office dismissed as “media spin” a raft of statements by Mr. Rouhani about the peaceful goals of Iran’s nuclear program and his willingness to engage in diplomacy.

    “There is no need to be fooled by the words,” said a lengthy Israeli statement issued late Thursday in response to Mr. Rouhani’s NBC News interview. “The test is not in what Rouhani says, but in the deeds of the Iranian regime, which continues to advance its nuclear program with vigor while Rouhani is being interviewed.”

    I recall diplomatic efforts ten years ago that went nowhere.
    Not sure why I should be optimistic now.

    http://www.nytimes.com/...

    "The 1% don't want SOLUTIONS; they've worked very hard the last four decades to get conditions the way they are now".

    by Superpole on Sun Sep 22, 2013 at 07:07:19 AM PDT

    •  Ah, but diplomacy is the preserve of the POTUS. (0+ / 0-)

      Ten years ago, the President wasn't blocked by Congress. Ten years ago, we had a President who put Iran in the Axis of Evil, by his own self.

      Netanyahu has spent the last five years trying to get Obama to bomb Iran, and how's that worked out for him? If he wanted to call the shots in the administration's Iran policy, maybe he shouldn't have spent the last five years disrespecting Obama and rubbing his nose in settlement activity.

      Art is the handmaid of human good.

      by joe from Lowell on Sun Sep 22, 2013 at 07:57:10 AM PDT

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      •  Yes, but is Obama doing a better (0+ / 0-)

        job by more or less using the same talking points as smirky regarding Iran?

        No, he's not. if he was doing a good job, his foreign policy approval rating would be higher than 33%.

        I don't buy Bibi wants us to bomb Iran-- years ago the IAF had no problem bombing Hussein's nuke reactor just before it went online. They don't need help in the bombing department, nor do they need our permission.

        What Bibi wants is to maintain the pathetic status quo-- Israel and Saudi Arabia running the show in the middle east. There's no room for a powerful Iran.

        "The 1% don't want SOLUTIONS; they've worked very hard the last four decades to get conditions the way they are now".

        by Superpole on Sun Sep 22, 2013 at 10:51:04 AM PDT

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