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Do You Think US Relations With Iran Will Improve?

When asked recently about the impending presidency of Barack Obama, Iranian President and Bush foe Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that he thinks Obama can change US-Iran relations, and that he will be patient to see what Obama does. Still, Ahmadinejad maintained that if Barack acts like Bush, just "in a new package" the tension will continue.

For starters, Ahmadinejad thinks Obama should focus on what happens at home. He maintained:

The US allows itself to intervene in the affairs of all countries in the world. It should limit its intervention to its own borders.

Obama has made it clear that he wants to engage Iran, and not bully them. Still, international pressure hasn't worked well in getting Iran to abandon uranium enrichment. Do you think Iran will come around under Obama?

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UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
"And it is difficult to support Israel's bombing of innocent citizens. If you have seen some of these photos of dead or dying Palestinian children, well, it's sickening. We are Israel's ally, to be sure, but even if they are in the right, the human cost, in my opinion, is far too high to support this campaign. There should be a cease fire immediately." Isreal isn't bombing innocent people. They are blowing up the buildings where Hamas fighters are firing their rockets from. Unfortunately, there are civilians in those buildings. Isreal has two choices: 1)Ignore the rocket attacks that are killing Isreali civilians, or 2) Go after the people who are firing said rockets, and destroy whatever buildings they are using as shields. Given that choice, My civilians or my enemy's civilians, I'm choosing the latter.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
No, but their elected officials 30% and religious section of government that controls 70% of their government are the ones that do all the negotiating. So they is accurate.
kromine kromine 8 years
To clarify, I do feel that the political climate was ripe for change with Obama's election, and positive change at that. Remember, Ahmadinejad is an elected official, therefore, Iranian citizens who were unsatisifed with the direction of their country focused their anger on him. There IS unrest in Iran, mainly economic unrest because of dropping oil prices. He is not a stupid man, and he would have likely compromised with the incoming administration to accommodate the growing number of Iranian moderates and thereby retain their votes. That is, until Israel bombed Gaza. I am not saying we should not support Israel, just that Israel's actions completely changed the landscape. Four weeks ago, Ahmadinejad was defending his record to a mixed crowd, now, he is condemning Israel and the US to all around praise in the Arab world. And it is difficult to support Israel's bombing of innocent citizens. If you have seen some of these photos of dead or dying Palestinian children, well, it's sickening. We are Israel's ally, to be sure, but even if they are in the right, the human cost, in my opinion, is far too high to support this campaign. There should be a cease fire immediately. Also, I must caution the use of the word "they" to describe the Iranians as though they are of one mind on the issue of negotiating with the US. They are not and it would be inaccurate to characterize them in this way.
kh61582 kh61582 8 years
Our relationship with Iran will change but only because Obama will not stand up for what's right and then Iran will be free to do whatever they want. Grantit, they are probably already doing whatever they want but at least they have felt the heat. Now there will be no heat just "tolerance". The future is going to be bright will atomic bombs ladies and gentleman. They don't necessarily want to destroy the US but they sure do want to destroy Israel. The US should not allow that to happen and that's been the point from the begining.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
My whole point is that, what may be perceived as better relations between the US and Iran will be a cover. I truly don't think with that man in power we will ever have better relations. He only wants to have better relations with us so he can continue to build him nuclear program and so we will no longer have our dual containment policy that has been policy since Bill Clinton in 1993.
cleegiants cleegiants 8 years
i don't think it's as easy as blaming bush's approach. it's up to both sides to institute change. what if obama and clinton's approach leads to war? i'm not saying that it will, but we really don't know what iran wants to do. it's has the potential to be one of those murky situations where people will get mad at the U.S. for getting involved, but if we don't do anything, people get mad too. mmm, sounds like the show 24.
stephley stephley 8 years
I love Fareed Zakaria!
kromine kromine 8 years
I just read a fascinating article by Fareed Zakaria in Newsweek about Iran. He contends that the political climate in Iran was one more inclined to compromise with the US until the latest Israeli actions in Gaza. Don't misunderstand, he does not say that compromise was Ahmadinejad's goal, but rather that of a growing number of moderate Iranian citizens. He says the headlines a few weeks ago were all critical of Ahmadinejad, but in response to Israel's actions, those moderates are aligning themselves with hardline conservatives to condemn Israel and, by extension, the US. In short, the question seems a bit simplistic. There are many other factors at play here besides just Obama, Clinton and Ahmadinejad. And with what is happening in Gaza, the situation is suddenly much more complicated. That said, I have a great deal of confidence in the PEOTUS and I am hopeful.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
There is definitely a chance. Obama will try to improve relations around the world and I even read that Dmitri Medvedev said he would try to improve Russia-US relations with Obama so Iran definite possibility.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
By not behaving towards Iran and the rest of the Muslim world in ways that leaders like Ahmadinejad can easily construe as bullying and persecution, I think we do stand a chance of improving relations, though how much is questionable. Oh, and Meike, I agree completely.
lildorothyparker lildorothyparker 8 years
UnDave, I actually have to agree with you on this one... at least from the standpoint that this situation isn't black and white. Do I have hope that a change in leadership in the US will improve US-Iran relations? Yes. Can we expect Obama to act as a pseudo-saviour? No.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
"Yes. Obama and Clinton will take a fundamentally different approach than Bush." "No. Iran and the US have irreconcilable differences." Are these really our only choices? Either Obama will do a better job than Bush, or the two countries are just two different in philosophy? How about "Yes, the change in climate within the US could bolster a US-Iran relationship." or "No, Iran and the US want entirely different outcomes from this relationship, and the two aren't compatable" Obama isn't the end all and be all, and the relationship with Iran wasn't that good 9+ years ago, so how is a Clinton going to make it better?
lildorothyparker lildorothyparker 8 years
No, not a joke. I just wanted to know if you had a specific quote from him or not. Your comment was "And if Obama speaks to him while things like this come out of his mouth, I will be saddened." I couldn't see anything specific in the linked article that would warrant that comment. Not looking to get into an argument, just wanted to see if I was missing something from the article :) anitFED, I'm not entirely sure what you're asking me to explain to you because I can't understand anything you said. If you're asking me to explain why "we" are in Iraq, I can't do that for you. I'm not an American and cannot justify the actions of another government.
antiFED antiFED 8 years
when it comes to the bomb! there must always be preconditions. look at the fear we have about a destablisation of pacistan!
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
with no preconditions!
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
I think Obama pandered to his base when he was speaking of talking with that horrible man.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
Iran has paid insurgents to go into Iraq to make our job harder.
antiFED antiFED 8 years
thank you hainan and whould lil please explain to me why we are fighting killing and arreasting iranian soilders in iraq? there not supose to be there but they are. they are legally indipendent insergints but if you pull there info most are/where millitary.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
I am not going searching around for the quote as his intentions are clear. First article that popped up when I put it in google " And at a long, packed news conference, Ahmadinejad, for the second time in as many days, reiterated his conviction that Israel, because of its treatment of the Palestinians, will disappear from the world map – a “fabricated entity … doomed to go.” He put the United States in a similar bag, saying the “myth of its invincibility is being shattered.”
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
is that a joke lil?
antiFED antiFED 8 years
well lets be honest obama can't support nukes for iran. and thats the problem iran wants nukes and we and our friends can't aford a country that openly supports terrorist asualts on US soil to be running around with the bomb. and that is the iran problem. now mabey ahmadinejad is the problem and iran its self dosn't support him but they sould say that at the ballot box.
lildorothyparker lildorothyparker 8 years
What statement of Ahmadinejad's are you referring to specifically Hainan?
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
I hope that pleases people :P
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
And if Obama speaks to him while things like this come out of his mouth, I will be saddened.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
no. Ahmadinejad .wants. to. wipe. us. off. the. face. of. the. earth.
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