March 16, 2006


Iran says it's ready for talks with U.S. about Iraq
(ALI AKBAR DAREINI, 3/16/06, Associated Press)

A top Iranian official said Thursday that Tehran was ready to open talks with the United States over Iraq, marking a major shift in Iranian foreign policy a day after a top Iraqi leader called for such talks.

Ali Larijani, Iran's top nuclear negotiator and also secretary of the country's Supreme National Security Council, told the Islamic Republic News Agency that any talks between the United States and Iran would deal only with Iraqi issues.

We share an obvious interest with Iran in seeing an Iraqi Shi'astan succeed and this looks like a Khamenei approach over the head of Ahmedinejad, a split we ought exploit. But it's the kind of offer we're likely to reflexively turn down because we don't get Iran.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 16, 2006 9:27 AM

"we would like to buy iraq from you, how much ?"

Posted by: toe at March 16, 2006 6:30 PM

Why? We've been talking to them about Iraq for some time, through intermediaries. Most of the Iraqi government talks to both the US and Iran.

The real question is, what do they want to talk about? Presumably, Iran wants the US to persuade the Kurds/Sunni/secular Shia to accept Iran's Shia agents, like Moqtada al-Sadr, into the government, and is prepared to offer something in return; or, Iran wants the US to offer it something in exchange for getting the Shia extremists to accept a US-favored government.

But what are those other somethings?

Posted by: pj at March 16, 2006 10:14 PM

the one thing they don't really want to talk about is iraq. they want in from the cold. look for messiah boy to have an unfortunately fatal accident. he will be missed. toad boy will be joining him soon.

Posted by: toe at March 16, 2006 10:39 PM

Both sides want the same thing, but it's easier to get there working together.

Posted by: oj at March 16, 2006 11:34 PM