Monday, May 08, 2006

Ahmadinejad writes to George in shrewd move towards peace

Iran's president threw a deft trump card into his standoff with the West on Monday when he dispatched a letter to President Bush proposing "new solutions" to the crisis _ a diplomatic overture that vastly complicates U.S. hopes for U.N. Security Council sanctions to punish the Islamic regime.

While Mahmoud Ahmadinejad did not disclose what he wrote to the American leader, the letter's very existence appeared to offer Russia and China handy additional justification to block the U.S. sanctions drive while diplomatic channels remained open. Both countries hold Security Council vetos and already were hotly opposed to sanctions.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton dismissed the letter as an attempt to break international pressure.

"It doesn't surprise me that it comes on a day like today in a week when they expect a vote on a resolution. The Iranians are always interested in talking right before somebody puts the squeeze on them," he said. "Then once the squeeze lets up a little bit ... back they go to the pursuit of nuclear weapons."

Mark Fitzpatrick, of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, called Ahmadinejad's move "an astute negotiating ploy."

"It's harder for the Americans to get 15 votes (a unanimous result) in the Security Council if they are seen as not willing to talk to the Iranians," the former State Department official said.

Source Here. (via AP)

I see John Bolton is up to his usual tricks, blaming the Iranians when it has always been the US that has refused to have direct talks with Iran. A chance of peace ? Well unlikely unless someone is willing to teach George how to read.


Blogger Hype said...

John Bolton is BushCo's attack dog.

Diplomacy isn't in his vocabulary.


May 08, 2006 9:09 pm  
Blogger Hype said...

I would love to find out what was in that letter.

Speaking of letters, ever wonder what happened with all those Anthrax letters sent to congress? I do.


May 08, 2006 9:15 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

I suppose they performed their function Hype (to help scare everyone into compliance) and so they are no longer required.

Wasn't it confirmed as US produced anthrax ? (if my memory serves me well)

May 08, 2006 9:30 pm  
Blogger Hype said...

that is what i read. after they found that out they didn't care about it that much.


May 08, 2006 9:34 pm  
Blogger Hype said...

'I suppose they performed their function Hype (to help scare everyone into compliance) and so they are no longer required.'

so back to John Bolton and the UN.

hehe, i couldn't resist that one.


May 08, 2006 9:35 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...


very smooth return to the topic

May 08, 2006 10:31 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahmadinejad's move was not "an astute negotiating ploy," it was a pedantic, immature and just plain stupid approach to a country that saw through it so fast it only took minutes to respond in public. This jerk off is trying to go toe to toe with Condy Rice, perhaps the most brilliant mind Washington has seen in decades. Dont worry everyone, Bush sees right through this ploy, and is as focused as ever. Bush's laser beam is on Ahmadinejad's pointed little head, and there it will remain until it is redirected toward the nuclear facilities. Ahmadinejad's days are numbered, make no mistake.

May 12, 2006 4:04 am  
Blogger _H_ said...

Yet more Wisdom and non sequiturs Anonymous ?

The US has not even replied to the letter so of course it took minutes to respond for it seems the administration are too cowardly to reply ..

Condi Rice and Brilliant mind are clearly an oxymoron and your patriotic nature though admirable is clouding your view of reality.

Again the words 'Bush' and 'Don't worry' tickled me , why would we not worry about such a Terrorist he is a greater threat to the human race than Al-Qaeda and has ended the lives of more women and children than Al-qaeda could even hope for.

Get rid of Bush then we can get on with the job of Al-qaeda , but no progress can be made with such a maniac in power

May 12, 2006 4:48 am  

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