May 13, 2006


Iranian President Says Tehran Willing to Hold Nuclear Talks (VOA News, 13 May 2006)

Iran's president says he is willing to hold talks about his country's uranium enrichment program, but not with nations who threaten to use force against Iran.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke to reporters Saturday, following meetings of eight mainly Muslim nations on the Indonesian island of Bali. He said again that Iran's nuclear ambitions are only for peaceful, energy-producing purposes.

It's ideal--he can cut a deal with the EU while we reserve the military option.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 13, 2006 12:36 PM

Surely you do not believe him?

Do you think that the Bush administration has already made it extremely clear to Iran's leaders (back channels) that we will strike them - and soon - if they do not back down?

Posted by: Jeff at May 13, 2006 1:20 PM

No, they're so far away from having nuclear weapons and delivery capacity that there's no need to strike them. The next election will show him the door.

Posted by: oj at May 13, 2006 1:25 PM

Seems he may have been given the word at the meeting last week.

Posted by: Genecis at May 13, 2006 4:56 PM

Seems he may have been given the word at the meeting last week.

And the word was: Don'tscrewwithbrotherbushhe'scrazy.

Posted by: Genecis at May 13, 2006 5:01 PM

Sure. It's peaceful. And Germany only wanted the Sudetenland.

Posted by: Mikey at May 13, 2006 6:27 PM

Ahmadinejad thinks he is an Islamic John the Baptist. He may not be 'containable', as we understand the term. But that is an issue for the ayatollahs, too.

He may well lose the next election. Or he might make enough "voters" feel he is standing up to the world, making Iran proud, that he will win no matter who runs against him (will there be more than one opposition candidate? - if so, he can win with just a plurality).

He could also feel free enough to try and dance around the election - given Iran's convoluted rules and judiciary, it could be the provocation he chooses to surge over the ayatollahs. They need to decide soon what to do about him.

His performance in Indonesia was quite interesting. Very un-Khomeini, and yet very dangerous. Will he try to go to Pakistan and repeat the performance? That's his next best move, if Musharraf is dumb enough to permit it.

Posted by: jim hamlen at May 14, 2006 12:43 AM

The interesting thing is that Khamenei needs the Reformers to help him out next election.

Posted by: oj at May 14, 2006 8:40 AM