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Say What? US to Talk With Iran Saturday, No Preconditions

A senior US official will sit down with Iranian officials and other world powers in Geneva this Saturday to discuss Iran's nuclear program, a move intended to show that the Bush Administration wants to find a diplomatic solution to the standoff.

The decision breaks from continued statements from Bush that the US would not join nuclear talks unless Iran stopped enriching uranium. In fact, yesterday Iran signaled that it will not halt its atomic activities. Considering that one senior White House official says the Under Secretary of State William Burns "is there to listen, not to negotiate," I doubt Saturday will produce any concrete agreement.

The Bush administration must realize that the US cannot afford to be left out of the talks. To see why,

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One foreign policy expert explained:

"He is there as the bad cop. There is nervousness that Solana and some of the other countries, such as China and Russia might be willing to settle for less than full suspension (of uranium enrichment)."

Since John McCain has hit Barack Obama hard for Obama's admission that he would sit down with Iran without preconditions (with ads like the one here), do you think this weekend could impact the presidential election? Since Iranian President Ahmadinejad plans on coming to New York in September, right smack in the middle of the campaign, I'm sure we'll find out how the issue plays out with voters.

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samantha999 samantha999 8 years
Maybe this is a way to show that any residual doubt in that Washington has decided to take no action to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. But talk is just that. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reiterated for the umpteenth time that Iran will make no compromises on its uranium enrichment activities And besides talks have not been a big success with N. Korea.
samantha999 samantha999 8 years
Maybe this is a way to show that any residual doubt in that Washington has decided to take no action to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.But talk is just that. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reiterated for the umpteenth time that Iran will make no compromises on its uranium enrichment activitiesAnd besides talks have not been a big success with N. Korea.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Thanks for the link, Jillness.Perhaps Bush wants to reside in this halfway house. . . :oy:
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Thanks for the link, Jillness. Perhaps Bush wants to reside in this halfway house. . . :oy:
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Maybe Bush is taking a last stab at his legacy.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
I think its stupid! It comes off as insincere to me coming from Bush. It seems like he's just trying to get some brownie points on the way out... its dumb. Its not going to make anyone who doesn't like him think differently, so he may as well just do what he has been and stick to his guns. But I never thought that "appeaser" comment was directed towards Obama, I thought he was speaking in generalizations and people just took it as a slam to Obama.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
I think its stupid! It comes off as insincere to me coming from Bush. It seems like he's just trying to get some brownie points on the way out... its dumb. Its not going to make anyone who doesn't like him think differently, so he may as well just do what he has been and stick to his guns. But I never thought that "appeaser" comment was directed towards Obama, I thought he was speaking in generalizations and people just took it as a slam to Obama.
stephley stephley 8 years
The drinking thing I do see as a 'calm down' sign now. I'm fascinated by what's happening - all that swaggering and saber rattling to end up with... diplomatic relations? What was the point of all the drama? I cannot believe after all the bloodshed in Iraq and threatening Iran that Bush might walk away with the past 8 years ending up in a draw - I can't believe Cheney will let that happen.
stephley stephley 8 years
The drinking thing I do see as a 'calm down' sign now.I'm fascinated by what's happening - all that swaggering and saber rattling to end up with... diplomatic relations? What was the point of all the drama? I cannot believe after all the bloodshed in Iraq and threatening Iran that Bush might walk away with the past 8 years ending up in a draw - I can't believe Cheney will let that happen.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
And yeah, this Iran situation is nuts! I'm so interested to see this play out.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
To me, it doesn't seem like something that would squash an escalation, because it seems a little like sticking your fingers in your ears and singing. But, again, I don't think it's a big deal. If it's more of an inside joke, that's cool. I'm just giving my view from the outside.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Sorry, I gotta dive back on topic....http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jul/17/usa.iranThey are setting up a "diplomatic presence" in Iran!!!!!!!!They described it as a halfway house to an embassy. I can't believe the hypocrisy! Why in the world would Bush do the "Appeaser" line if they were going to turn around and do this?
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Sorry, I gotta dive back on topic.... http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jul/17/usa.iran They are setting up a "diplomatic presence" in Iran!!!!!!!! They described it as a halfway house to an embassy. I can't believe the hypocrisy! Why in the world would Bush do the "Appeaser" line if they were going to turn around and do this?
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I guess I am a little surprised that something I always thought was silly and inclusive (because we all joke about it) was being taken as being exlusive or devisive. No one is peeved at the drinking, though, right?:drinks:Maybe I am lazy, but I like a quick "go to" that I can use to squash an escalation.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I guess I am a little surprised that something I always thought was silly and inclusive (because we all joke about it) was being taken as being exlusive or devisive. No one is peeved at the drinking, though, right? :drinks: Maybe I am lazy, but I like a quick "go to" that I can use to squash an escalation.
stephley stephley 8 years
There is but one team and that is the NEW YORK YANKEES. Any other is but a pale, pitiful imitation.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Wow, I thought I was 100% completely alone on this one. I don't care that much either way, but I'm glad I'm not the only one a little irked. I don't mind being the lone wolf, but at some point you start wondering if you're the crazy wolf.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Stephley... with the pic of the baseball player in uniform, doesn't like the team thing! ;)Cmon Steph, out with it! You know you love it!
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Stephley... with the pic of the baseball player in uniform, doesn't like the team thing! ;) Cmon Steph, out with it! You know you love it!
stephley stephley 8 years
I don't actually like the team thing that much - sometimes it's a mood lightener, other times, it's a definite In Your Face thing.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"I prefer the posters that base their arguments in something factual that I can learn from (and there are so many of these great commentors on both teams!)" To be specific, I used it in this reference to clarify that I wasn't just suggesting that people posting "something factual that I can learn from" meant that it had to come from a poster that was a democrat like myself. Sometimes tone is a tricky thing, and I see the "team" thing to be light language that the regulars recognize as jovial.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"I prefer the posters that base their arguments in something factual that I can learn from (and there are so many of these great commentors on both teams!)"To be specific, I used it in this reference to clarify that I wasn't just suggesting that people posting "something factual that I can learn from" meant that it had to come from a poster that was a democrat like myself. Sometimes tone is a tricky thing, and I see the "team" thing to be light language that the regulars recognize as jovial.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Sure. And I don't think it's a vile and wretched practice. Just not my cup of tea.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"The team thing just came about as a joke, I know I personally don't take it very seriously and I feel confident that most other people don't!"I agree! I think the team thing is more in a playful spirit than calling someone a "liberal" or a "neocon" or something like that. The "team" lingo usually busts out when people are trying to lighten the mood, and is usually followed by silly emoticons. :kool:...couldn't resist.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"The team thing just came about as a joke, I know I personally don't take it very seriously and I feel confident that most other people don't!" I agree! I think the team thing is more in a playful spirit than calling someone a "liberal" or a "neocon" or something like that. The "team" lingo usually busts out when people are trying to lighten the mood, and is usually followed by silly emoticons. :kool: ...couldn't resist.
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