This post ought to get the slugs to come out and call me all sorts of things…..most of which are nothing new at least they could be more imaginative….but that would be asking for a little intellect and the naysayers are in short supply of intellect.
The war of words and the exchange of lethal force has the whole Middle East region waiting for the next shoe to fall.
So when I heard that the Iranian FM was willing to consider talks I was optimistic….but that quickly got crapped on…..
In an interview with Der Spiegel magazine, Iranian FM Javad Zarif said Iran is continuing to not rule out the possibility of talks with the US, saying it was always possible for the other side to change their approach. He reiterated that Iran wants the US to lift sanctions.
Even though talks with Iran were long a major goal for President Trump, he quickly declared “no thanks” on Twitter, saying he is not willing to offer sanctions relief as part of this process.
This is in keeping with Trump’s position on almost all matters of diplomacy, which is that he wants negotiations and wants a lot of concessions, but only so long as it doesn’t require the US to give up anything in return.
But that was no surprises ….but interesting since Trump has ling wanted talks with the Iranians.
Iran is the go to bad guy of the Middle East….why is that?
We could blame it on 1979 but is that the whole story?
I read the transcript of a radio interview about this subject….this is a podcast of whowhatwhy
Gary Sick was there when the US-Iran relationship quite literally blew up.
He worked on Iran issues as part of the National Security Council staff in the Ford, Carter, and Reagan administrations. During the Carter administration, he was the principal White House aide for Iran during the Iranian Revolution and the ensuing hostage crisis. In this WhoWhatWhy podcast, he reviews 40 years of failed US policy toward Iran, and discusses the following matters:
Why Iran has become the “go-to enemy” for the US in the Middle East.
Why, unlike other US enemies, Iran has no friends in the US policy establishment.
The Iranian revolution took place just after the US retreated from Vietnam, where 50,000 Americans died. Today, Vietnam is an ally and a popular tourist destination while Iran remains a nemesis.
Why the Iran nuclear deal was actually working, and why those who advocate regime change are wrong.
The US relationship with Saudi Arabia, the Saudis’ relationship with Iran, and why the Europeans are basically unable to make anything better.
A future Iranian reaction to the death of General Qassem Soleimani, and why, in the long run, we should be very afraid of the potential response.
Full Text Transcript:
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Why Iran Is the US’s Go-To Enemy in the Middle East
This situation is more complex that some religious BS or some isolated point in history.
Hopefully you will read and listen with an open mind or stay put in one dimensional thinking and continue to be ignorant. Your choice.
There is more about our extreme hatred for Iran…..
A question that naturally arises but one that the mainstream press never asks is: What is the reason for the deep-seated hatred that the U.S. national-security state has toward Iran?
No, the answer doesn’t begin with the fact that Iranian revolutionaries took American diplomats hostage during the Iranian revolution in 1979, which is what the mainstream press often asserts. The U.S. hatred for Iran stretches back even further than that.
In fact, to understand the hatred that the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA have for Iran, it is actually necessary to go back to the founding of the United States.
The Roots of U.S. Hatred Toward Iran
I Read, I Wrote, You Know
“lego ergo scribo”