Friday’s Iran Talking Points

from LobeLog: News and Views Relevant to U.S.-Iran relations for August 5th, 2010:

Washington Post: Robert Kagan attended the White House briefing on Iran sanctions and writes that a large number of journalists in the room simply got the story wrong by concluding that the sanctions might result in a new diplomatic initiative with Tehran. Kagan reports that President Obama, “repeatedly acknowledged that the regime may be so ‘ideologically’ committed to getting a bomb that no amount of pain would make a difference,” and that the real message from White House officials was, “that the administration wanted everyone to know how tough it was being on Iran.”

ABC News: Christiane Amanpour also attended the White House briefing on sanctions and reports that Obama, “believes the costs of the sanctions are going to be higher than Iran could have anticipated, but he is not sure yet whether that cost-benefit analysis will override ‘what may be an ideological or nationalistic commitment to nuclear weapons.’” Amanpour reports that Obama commented that diplomacy and engagement could bring, “a thaw in what has been 30 years of antagonism between our two countries,” and told reporters, “I consider Iran a country of enormous potential.”

Washington Post: Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren continues the narrative that Iran is behind Hamas missile attacks, missiles launched from Egypt’s Sinai peninsula into Jordan and Israel, and the skirmish earlier this week between the IDF and the Lebanese Armed Forces, which Oren characterizes as “nominally independent,” implying that the presence of a Hezbollah television crew somehow connected them to the incident. The squeeze imposed by sanctions, suggests Oren, is being felt in Tehran and, “[m]any observers feel that, when confronted by the sanctions’ implacability, the Iranian regime will opt to negotiate or, according to an alternative scenario, trigger a Middle East war.”

Author: Eli Clifton

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  1. If we attack Iran, there should be no post-deed head scratching trying to figure how we decided to do such a dumb thing. No knee-jerk blather about our need for oil, no horseshit about wanting to spread democracy, not even a primitive “we needed to get them before they got us” excuse. The reason for attacking Iran will be crystal clear. This war act will be pure 100% kosher; schemed up in Israel, promoted by every tribal loyalist in America and carried out by a stupid, mercenary military that no longer bothers to think about where its orders are coming from. If we manage to survive the blowback, America will need to openly acknowledge our willingness to be used by a criminal ideology and consider the means to excise it from controlling us.

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