Thursday, June 01, 2006

Burnt Offering

Insight into how the Bush Admin failed to respond to Iranian overtures in 2003.

From the American Prospect:

"The story of that Iranian negotiating proposal and the U.S. failure to respond, which has never been covered by major U.S. media, reveals the underlying pragmatism driving Iranian policy toward an agreement with the United States. It also reveals a fierce struggle between realists who wanted to engage Iran diplomatically and the inner circle of advisers who were determined to avoid it. The stubborn rejection by President Bush and his neoconservative advisers of normal diplomatic practice in their dealings with Iran, detailed for the first time here, raises grave questions about the Bush administration’s real motives as it maneuvers through the present crisis over Iran’s nuclear program."


Blogger Germanicu$ said...

This story is very compelling. It passes several smell tests for plausibility (though the lack of an actual reproduction of the Iranian negotiation document, "a copy of which is in the author’s possession," weakens the story somewhat).

Completely credible. His depiction of Feith jibes with what I have read from several sources - likewise with Rice as a wind-twisting sycophant.

I anxiously await hurtleg's comments, as he is our resident proponent of the "mad mullahs" theory so eloquently discredited here.

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