January 23, 2008


Rice: Iran not a 'permanent enemy' (Press TV, 24 Jan 2008)

After weeks of anti-Iran rhetoric, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the US does not want for Tehran to be a 'permanent enemy'.

"Iranians are a proud people with a great culture, and we respect the contributions they have made to world civilization," she said, adding that the current row over the nation's nuclear activities can be resolved via diplomacy.

"We could begin negotiations, and we could work over time to build a new, more normal relationship," she stated after demanding Iran to suspend its nuclear program which Tehran had repeatedly stressed is civilian.

"I have said that if that suspension takes place, I will meet my counterpart any time, any place, anywhere to talk about anything. I don't know how to make a stronger invitation than that," she said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Just go there and meet with Ahmedinejad's rivals, an ideal way to undercut him as they head into elections.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 23, 2008 8:41 PM

Condi has some 'splainin to do, given that she spent part of her trip to Europe blasting Bush's special envoy on North Korea for human rights. Apparently one Jay Lefkovitz made a speech in which he said the Norks will have their nuclear program (and their current "weapons") into the next President's term.

Condi then went nuclear on him to German reporters. However, it seems Mr. Lefkovitz has history on his side, and Condi is the woman behind the curtain.

But who are Ahmadinejad's "rivals"? Rafsanjani, who is about to be indicted in Argentina? Larijani? Khatami, who was President for 8 years when the current crackdowns began? Khameini himself?

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 23, 2008 9:28 PM


Posted by: oj at January 24, 2008 12:40 AM

The US needs to find other 'figures' to deal with. Meeting with the ususal suspects is just shuffling the deck chairs. But that is what the State Department specializes in, isn't it?

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 24, 2008 7:20 AM

it's america that has lacked leadership on the iranian front. we're childishly stuck in 1980.

Posted by: oj at January 24, 2008 11:28 AM

Yes, which is why Condi has been such a terrible disappointment.

However, if the US is stuck in 1980, the Iranian leadership is stuck in 1979.

Nothing is going to change in Iran until Khameini dies and until some political figures emerge who are not "blessed" by the Guardians. Absent the new blood, it will always be the same gangsters fighting each other, while all of them put down the Persian people.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 24, 2008 3:10 PM