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  • Time to walk away from an abusive relationship

    A good take on the relationship between the US and Iran.
    We are only a few months into the new “reset” relationship between the US and Iran and the Obama Administration is already seeming like the battered wife who refuses to recognize the bitter reality of her situation.

    We see the same patterns of denial: “Iran has turned over a new leaf”; “Iran has promised that it won’t do it again”; “Iran is really so sweet and gentle when you get to know him…”

    With each fresh humiliation, Secretary of State John Kerry is forced to resort to ever more tortuous logic to explain away why repeated broken promises are just isolated incidents and why systematic patterns of aggressive behavior, threats and abuse do not reflect the norm.

    We learned in recent days that a US diplomat, Chris Backemeyer, has been specifically delegated to go around US firms and convince them to engage with Iran. His “nuclear deal roadshow”, as one news agency called it, is tasked with assuring major companies that both sides are fully committed to the deal; that any future US president won’t reintroduce sanctions; and that Iran is a safe and lucrative market to invest in.
    Backemeyer has been bullish about the determination of all parties to go ahead with the deal, saying: “While they may think they can get a better deal, or could have gotten a better deal, walking away from one that's working isn’t wise.”
    Iran’s recent testing of ballistic missiles with a potential nuclear application, in clear contravention of the agreement, certainly raises questions about Backemeyer’s assertion of 100 percent commitment from both sides.
    Re-engagement
    Kerry and Obama’s response has been to bend over backwards in demonstrating their absolute commitment to the deal and encouraging American re-engagement with Iran. However, one suspects that even if every US citizen were persuaded to invest their life savings in the Iranian economy, Khamenei would not shift his rhetoric one iota. This arguably means that in the face of Iranian intransigence and hostility, American displays of good intentions simply make the whole enterprise hopelessly one-sided.
    Obama’s belief that Iran is a state he can do business with is complicated by what has been described as Iran’s long-standing involvement in international terrorism. In 1996, Iran was said to be responsible for terrorist attacks which killed 19 US military personnel in Khobar towers in Saudi Arabia. CIA personnel have submitted testimonies about Iranian collaboration with Al-Qaeda on several prominent attacks against US interests.
    http://english.alarabiya.net/en/view...ationship.html
    Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.

  • #2
    Iran is not living up to its part of the 'agreement'. So the US is justified in dissolving said 'agreement' and going back to the economic sanctions that it imposed recently. This time though, impose even stricter sanctions with a degree of 'extreme prejudice' in interdicting any and all attempts by Iran to employ a military nuclear program.
    ARRRR! International Talk Like A Pirate Day - September 19th
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    • #3
      Agreed, but BoBo won't do it. because narcissists never admit they were wrong in the first place.
      Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
        Agreed, but BoBo won't do it. because narcissists never admit they were wrong in the first place.
        Exactly. He hasn't the backbone for either...
        Don't waste your time always searching for those wasted years...

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        • #5
          Doesn't matter at this point. The cork is off, the genie's out.

          We can do what we want, as far as sanctions are concerned. The rest of the world will carry on. There's billions to be made.
          ALL LIVES SPLATTER!

          BLACK JEEPS MATTER!

          BLACK MOTORCYCLES MATTER!

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          • #6
            Exactly, I knew as soon as the sanctions were removed they would never be re-imposed. Even if the UN says that Iran has broken the agreement Russia and China will veto any attempt to have the sanctions implemented again.
            Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedy. -- Ernest Benn

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            • #7
              Well, one thing's for sure right in that OP...

              The Obama Administration is getting bent over...

              And done hard and dry...

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              • #8
                Bent over is putting it mildly
                Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.

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                • #9
                  Just thinking out loud here. In lieu of re-imposing economic sanctions, does the US have the wherewithal to take out the Iranian leadership? How about their nuclear infrastructure? Can we do it from a distance? Electronically? Remotely?
                  ARRRR! International Talk Like A Pirate Day - September 19th
                  IN MARE IN COELO

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Jose50 View Post
                    Just thinking out loud here. In lieu of re-imposing economic sanctions, does the US have the wherewithal to take out the Iranian leadership? How about their nuclear infrastructure? Can we do it from a distance? Electronically? Remotely?
                    The question is if we want to. The costs involved, the lack of political capital, the lack of domestic will, the distraction of a current election, the threat Iran poises to economic and political developments in the region, the ability for Iran's conventional weapons to diminish American power for years, the benefit poised to America's challengers by supporting Iran to ensure they are beefed up during or after an attack...

                    And in the end, Iran poises more of a threat to Israel and Saudi Arabia than it does the United States (unless someone is foolish enough to think the first thing Iran will do with a nuke is try to blow up an American city, in which case the threat analysis is going to be widely skewed in favor of a military strike). Maybe we should just support them in striking the blow?

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