March 3rd, 2013
09:44 PM ET

Iran is open to direct talks with U.S., its UN ambassador says

By Adam Levine

Iran would be willing to sit down for direct talks with the United States, the country's ambassador to the United Nations said in an interview broadcast on CNN.

"I can confirm it here with you, and also for your distinguished audience, that Iran will come negotiation and direct talks with the United States provided that we make sure that U.S. is serious and do not act differently," Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee told CNN's Fareed Zakaria in an interview that aired on Fareed Zakaria GPS.

Khazaee said Iranians felt that at last week's negotiation with the United States and other aligned nations, "both sides are getting closer to each other."

The P5+1 nations - the United States, France, Britain, Germany, China and Russia - had offered to relieve some sanctions in exchange for suspending the enrichment of uranium at the Fordo nuclear facility.

But Khazaee said that the United States is pushing away Iran with the tough talk and sanctions. He pointed to recent comments by Vice President Joe Biden that there is room for diplomacy "backed by pressure" as being unproductive in resolving differences.

"Look, it doesn't work that way. The most important point is that some officials in United States should understand how to speak with the Iranians," Khazaee said.

Khazaee also said there should not be so much focus on the levels and amount of enrichment, the very indicators the United States, Israel and others are monitoring to see whether Iran crosses the "red line" of having enough materials to build a nuclear bomb.

"How much stockpile Iran can have or how much, or the enrichment at what level should be in Iran - those are, in my view, a small and technical point that should be discussed," Khazaee observed.

Veering into popular culture, Khazaee, who helped create the Iranian film industry, was critical of the Academy Award-winning movie "Argo," about the rescue of six American diplomats from Iran during the revolution.

"From the technical point of view, to be honest with you, if I was a judge, the movie is a very weak movie," Khazaee said, adding the film was "insulting" to Iran.

The ambassador said producer George Clooney and director Ben Affleck displayed a lack of understanding of Iranian culture and invited them to come to his country.

"I would like to invite the producer and the director of the film to travel to Iran, and when they travel to Iran, the day after they will apologize from the big nation of Iran for producing such a weak film."

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  1. John Smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    March 5, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Reply
    • Rusnet 2019

      Вторник, 5 марта 2013, 17:27 UTC от CNN Security Clearance : >John Smith commented: "America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2. In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret poli" >

      March 5, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  2. Denverboy

    SOme how I think ARGO has hit a real nerve with Iran...
    Here they are talking about Atomic weapons and energy and the next there talking ARGO...A movie...Iran is very sensitive to it's IMAGE..even more so than it's Weapons program..Perception of There Islamic Revolution and where is was born and how it has become what it is today...is a real sore point...They are vunerable on that front..Because they Know there Revolution was to become a Theocratic Democrasy...and it has become simple Theocrasy.with Democratic window dressing...The AYATOLLAH is there King...and Religious leader...But that is not what was sold to Iranians in 1979.....and they know it...The people Know it..and Iran is very very keen to keeping it quiet...
    Argo has done more to ruffle Irans feathers than sanctions..Seems hollywood has found Irans soft spot.

    March 5, 2013 at 11:34 am | Reply
  3. Patrick

    The words from Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee was encouraging and I hope direct talks between Iran & the US take place. Iran is a country steeped in world history that more people, especially students, need to learn about. In addition to that, I hope President Obama also is able to get some direct talks going with North Korea's leader as well. The leader of North Korea seems more than willing to negotiated with us and I think President Obama wants that as well.

    March 4, 2013 at 7:51 am | Reply
  4. Francisco Decastro

    I say, good, let's negotiate. As long as Iran is transparent in everything they are doing. We can see everything that is going on in the country and all of those plants and everything else. No secret. If they want the US to relieve some sanctions in exchange for suspending the enrichment of uranium at the Fordo nuclear facility, then fine. But we should be able to see if all of that is really happening, not just take their word. What is important is what they are doing, not saying. So as long as everything is transparent, sure, why not? Have talks, become friends, only good can come out of this right?

    March 4, 2013 at 7:37 am | Reply
  5. Julie Ann Ashcraft

    Direct diplomatic talks would be great! And there are so many beautiful things to see in Iran! The American diplomats should visit Golestan Palace in Tehran; Narenjestan e Ghavam house, Hafiz's tomb and Nasir al-Mulk Mosque in Shiraz; Sheikh Lutfollah Mosque (possibly the most beautifully designed and decorated building in the world, also with the most amazing acoustics), Ali Qapu Palace, and Chehel Sotoun Palace in Isfahan; and the Zoroastrian fire temple in Yazd, in addition to Persepolis. Since the American diplomats would be traveling with Iranian government officials, regular people probably would not come up and talk with them. But when I was there as a tourist, I was amazed by how many people said, "I love America!" to me and my friend. The food and the music are great there, and the Iranian people are famously hospitable. I really wish that the US and Iran can someday re-establish relations and trade in a way that is beneficial to both countries.

    March 4, 2013 at 7:23 am | Reply
  6. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    At this point, you can enrich all the uranium you want as long as you let us see what's hidden in that Parchin plant. If you don't then there is no room for negotiations. Bombs away.

    March 4, 2013 at 6:59 am | Reply
  7. DickPerry

    I must say i agree on his view on the Argo. It was a nice fictional movie and according to Carter not so close to the truth. But i don't think it was good enough for a oscar as best movie. Now to be honest i haven't seen most other movies in the category so i can't say that any of those was better. But Argo just didn't blow my mind as for a example Kathryn Bigelow's Hurt Locker did.

    March 4, 2013 at 6:17 am | Reply
    • g

      the hurt locker and zero dark thirty both sucked.

      March 4, 2013 at 6:47 am | Reply
  8. Kona

    .....and Fareed Z is a terrorist.

    March 4, 2013 at 5:31 am | Reply
    • rata mala

      and you're a special interest paid big mouth.

      March 5, 2013 at 8:55 am | Reply
  9. Kona

    Iran is open to talks in order to stall for time to complete their first atomic weapon. Nothing more.

    March 4, 2013 at 5:28 am | Reply
    • rata mala

      so !!!

      March 5, 2013 at 8:57 am | Reply
  10. Gus

    I wonder why the US has failed all these years to use the Kurdish minority living in Iran. It seems the US is worried about the same minority living in Turkey? Kurdish rebels helped the US military in northern Iraq very much only to be betrayed for the sake of Turkey. By supporting Kurds you cause internal friction and destabilization within Iran and the formation of a Kurdish state that will in time encompass territory in Iran, Turkey and Iraq. Turkey is currently using the events in Syria to take over as the regional power... without spending any human life or money. Who can guarantee that in the future Iran and Turkey will not support each other by forming some sort of coalition? Their ideologies in many respects are very similar... identical. By causing instability within these nations you in turn minimize their power and thus easier to control both politically and militarily... if need be. The main reason why Russians have somewhat supported Syria is because they do not want to see a powerful Turkey. Turkey (Ottoman Empire) has a long history of causing much trouble in the region... including Russia, Balkans, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, etc.. They still to this day occupy illegally Northern Cyprus. In fact, the war between Kuwait and Iraq stemmed back from the Ottoman occupation. Saddam based his right to Kuwait from the fact that Kuwait was a province of Iraq up to 1953; something that the Ottomans had created and of which the British did nothing to correct when they occupied the region. The same is true for Israel and Palestine. By the way many Arabs have very little good to say about Turkey due to all the troubles they have caused in the past and present. Arabs not supporting this route are the extremists who base their support solely in religion and not for the well being of their nation and their people.

    March 4, 2013 at 3:31 am | Reply
  11. RSAT4

    Israel is problem not USA

    March 4, 2013 at 3:24 am | Reply
    • Steven B.

      Aww... Your bitter tears taste sweet.

      March 4, 2013 at 3:42 am | Reply
  12. NorCalMojo

    Iran needs to spend a few years acting reasonably. They take the anti-American thing way over the top. The constant prisoner stories make them look kooky like North Korea.

    March 4, 2013 at 3:06 am | Reply
    • DickPerry

      You mean like Abu Ghraib or the CIA secret torture prisons? Or perhaps US concentration camps like Gitmo?

      March 4, 2013 at 6:15 am | Reply
  13. widow

    let the direct lying begin!!

    March 4, 2013 at 2:54 am | Reply
  14. Ralph

    Let's not forget that Iran already proposed a grand deal and restoration of diplomatic ties with the U.S. in 2003. Iran was fighting large battles with the Taliban in the East of the country (they didn't like them either).

    Bush, of course, refused.

    March 4, 2013 at 1:58 am | Reply
  15. KEVIN

    This is all the fault of the Irish Catholics who want to destroy Iran by moving to Utah and converting to Mormanism so they can secretly join the Jewish Lobby. This is a FACT (accordiing to Joe Biden)

    March 4, 2013 at 1:16 am | Reply
    • Mtheumer

      Link?

      March 4, 2013 at 1:37 am | Reply
  16. John B.

    George W. Bush destroyed America.

    March 4, 2013 at 1:04 am | Reply
    • James

      Agreed

      March 4, 2013 at 1:12 am | Reply
    • KEVIN

      John, he did do a perfect job in protecting us from another terrorist attack after 911.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:30 am | Reply
      • Newt Gingrich

        *AFTER* 9/11 ... LOL

        And what did Bush do after 9/11 ... he went after Saddam Hussein to avenge his father ... and to *STIMULATE* his failed economic policies.

        March 4, 2013 at 1:54 am |
      • StanCalif

        True, no more 9/11's on our soil. How many thousands of Americans were killed or horribly maimed in Iraq? Many more than we lost on 9/11!!! Doesn't even compare! What did we achieve? Today Iraq is becoming friends with Iran, China walks away with Bush and Cheney's dreams of cheap oil (which was supposed to pay for this debacle).
        And the GOP blames our debts on Obama!!! Who ever paid off Bush's debts??

        March 5, 2013 at 8:03 am |
    • NorCalMojo

      Still?

      It may be time to see a therapist.

      March 4, 2013 at 2:50 am | Reply
  17. Zoglet

    Diplomatically, the Iranians are waaaaayyyyyy better than the US.

    March 4, 2013 at 12:29 am | Reply
    • george

      You get no arguments from anyone on that

      March 4, 2013 at 1:19 am | Reply
    • KEVIN

      Zoglet, they are now. Iran has come a long way in just a couple of years (do you know it was Iran who developed the game of chess?)

      March 4, 2013 at 1:34 am | Reply
      • Dennis

        Kevin, China developed the doctrine for the Art of War, Iran a game, and did you know the U.S. developed the Hydrogen bomb, let'em have their books and games. Ask your self this: who do you trust to keep you safe, and who do you think is gonna get you killed acting like world opinon does not matter. The day Iran test nuke will be the day WWIII starts...if Israel does not attack sooner. There can be no other ending....build a nuke, start a war.

        March 4, 2013 at 3:44 am |
    • NorCalMojo

      Storming an embassy and taking hostages isn't really considered good diplomacy. Even in the Middle East.

      The games they play with prisoners are pretty ugly, too. They're not as clever as they think they are. They should have played it more reasonably and tried to create an ideological rift between the hyperconservative Saudi Arabia and the (relatively) liberal American people.

      March 4, 2013 at 2:48 am | Reply
      • Zoglet

        Sorry dude, but do you think lieing to the world, fabricating evidence, then invading a country and killing over 250,000 of its countrymen is good diplomacy?
        Id also point out to you that happened far more recently than the hostage crisis in Iran, You really would benefit from applying objectivity to the US dealings. Seriously.

        March 4, 2013 at 3:25 am |
      • V

        and shooting an unarmed airline airplane and killing all of passengers is a good diplomacy right?

        March 4, 2013 at 11:14 am |
  18. Darshan Dhesi

    All they want is the US to cut diplomatic relations with Israel and there will be peace. In short they want to emulate Hitler. All the Arab world doesn't accept Israel and they are even despised in Egypt and Jordan. Facts are facts

    March 4, 2013 at 12:04 am | Reply
    • Total2199

      Iran does not belong to Arab world, Iranians are Persians. It is a different culture from Arab. Some people keep posting this nonsense on the sites as if they never go to school.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:39 am | Reply
    • TheBob

      Fact ARE facts. Unfortunately idi0ts who don't even know the difference between Persians and Arabs are completely oblivious to all facts.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:58 am | Reply
    • Ralph

      Right. Hitler wanted the U.S. to cut ties with Israel. Duh.....LOL

      Also, thousands of Jews peacefully live in Iran, and are even in parliament.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:54 am | Reply
  19. sahar bakhtiyari

    Bravo, Mr. Khazaee Argo did not deserve an oscar. It was a horrible movie , bad acting, bad directing, story line didn't even make sense at times. It was an insut to us Iranians. I lost hope for the oscars. I will not watch the oscars anymore. Boycott Argo and the oscars.

    March 4, 2013 at 12:00 am | Reply
    • Rusnet

      Obvliously, Oscar will not survive such a blow and Arco will be buried on the shelves. I suggest you boycotte Internet as well, since it was invented in US and is used to criticize iranian way of... hell.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:34 am | Reply
      • Major Tom

        What's "Arco"?

        March 4, 2013 at 1:00 am |
      • Rusnet

        "Arco" is just a mistype. But you've the idea..

        March 4, 2013 at 1:19 am |
  20. Always lying

    I know I have nothing against Obama, but I am against a two party system. We will never have the right person for the job of the Potus if it's not open to find the right person when money is the only factor that lately has put people in the White house. Politics and mostly money is running this country. Eliminate the GREED and things would change, but to get this government in order we the people have to step up to the plate and take control of who we let into government, and also we have to take control of our forces. This country is a mess because we the people aren't demanding accountability of those we put in office and our military. We need to clean house and seek trust worthy people to put into office and make everything public knowledge.

    March 3, 2013 at 11:42 pm | Reply
  21. cometlinear

    We all know what the US is demanding.

    Iran needs to give up all ambitions of developing nuclear weapons, and open its country to unfettered inspections. Iran isn't going to do this, so there's not much to negotiate about.

    Here's one idea. Iran could agree to the above demands, and in exchange, Russian nuclear-armed naval vessels would be permanently moored in Iranian ports. They would get their "nuclear umbrella", but the Russians would keep the keys.

    March 3, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Reply
    • KEVIN

      come, reasonable and logical proposal.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:14 am | Reply
    • Rusnet

      First of all, Iranians are not so dump to rely on russian junk that might blow up on its own.

      And second, how iranians can allow the devils (non-muslims) to be in their own country?

      March 4, 2013 at 12:29 am | Reply
      • KEVIN

        Rusnet, Simple. Gain the support of Russia and China. The west will not touch Iran if Iran has the support of Russia and China.

        March 4, 2013 at 1:08 am |
  22. Mann

    To trust a corrupt fanatical inept gov"t that forces its own people to cowher and rules by aggression and fear can never be trusted. Americans have clear memories of 1979 and so does all western powers! Never trust wachos. Time to overtly or quietly help the educated moderates do what has to be done to make a permanent change in takes the country forward to a westernized form of gov:"t for the people by the people and get with the program!

    March 3, 2013 at 11:26 pm | Reply
    • Lexi

      Yeah, we tried that in 1953. It got us... a country that hates the US.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Reply
    • sahar bakhtiyari

      Yes, wackos like the Americans.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:03 am | Reply
      • KEVIN

        sahar, Iran is "bad guy" and America is "good guy". What more do we need to know? You are just complicating this simple understanding.

        March 4, 2013 at 12:18 am |
  23. Always lying

    Obama isn't weak, he's a thinker who has to battle Gop'ers at every turn. I think he to over come a lot of haters or just ignore them. What other Potus has had to put up with people showing up with guns and rifles on his first inauguration full of haters, none, and only him. He proved he was a tolerent person. If he is to succeed as the Potus, then it's up to us as a people to back his play, not block his every move, and then say " SEE, HE'S WEEK OR DIDN'T GET ANYTHING DONE."

    March 3, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Reply
  24. simplyput

    Wanna bet Affleck and Clooney are being set up for ambassadorships? Only half a million gets you a country, right?

    March 3, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Reply
  25. Always lying

    I wish that all nations could get along, because there is a benefit to us all in the form of tourism and education. Each part of the world has something to offer to mankind, if and only if w can set aside GREED AND HATE.

    March 3, 2013 at 11:17 pm | Reply
    • KEVIN

      Always, Agree. I would love to visit Iran (without the CIA harrassing me for the rest of my life). For some illogical reason we have this super profound emotional issue with Iran. We get along better and financially support cultures and societies that hate and want to destroy us way more then Iran.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:02 am | Reply
  26. Mohammmad

    Good the US and Iran can be good friends if the Zionists and the Suadi's stay out of it.

    March 3, 2013 at 11:15 pm | Reply
    • KEVIN

      Mohaammad, the practicing zionist are NOT Jewish. They are wealthy and powerful non-Jewish Americans (like Texas oilmen). The whole Jewish-zionist ideology is not practiced. The US will not allow it. Zionism is a patsy.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:53 am | Reply
  27. SocalPimp

    Obama cant even negotiate with his own Congress.....He is the weakest leader since Carter

    March 3, 2013 at 11:15 pm | Reply
  28. Always lying

    Not wanting to invade isn't weak, it's smart. Invasions cost money and can bankrupt a nation, as Bush and his cronies proved that.

    March 3, 2013 at 11:11 pm | Reply
  29. Always lying

    Like the comment above "sounds like they want money," I agree with that. Idon't see how we could afford to send money to Egypt either so that their infrastructure can advance, when over here we are in dire straits.

    March 3, 2013 at 11:07 pm | Reply
  30. KEVIN

    Brilliant, brilliant move by Iran to calmly and intelligently and respectfully request one on one talks with the US. The citizens of the world (including the Pentagon) are realizing that our western political leaders have been blowing smoke up our a** that Iran is a threat. Iran is NOT a threat to anyone. In fact they would be a most pleasant and calming ally

    March 3, 2013 at 11:06 pm | Reply
    • CSense

      You're not serious, right?

      March 3, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Reply
      • KEVIN

        CS, I am Very, Very Serious. This truly is a FACT

        March 3, 2013 at 11:52 pm |
    • sahar bakhtiyari

      In my humble opinion Israel poses a more national threat to America than my country Iran.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:05 am | Reply
      • KEVIN

        sahar, Israel and Jews are just a patsy for powerful NON-JEWISH Americans to maintain a geographic foot hold in the middle east. (you think Texas oilmen like Jews?)

        March 4, 2013 at 12:26 am |
      • Rusnet

        In the present condition your country doesn't pose any treat indeed. And both Israel and United States will do everything in their power so that Iran wouldn't pose any treats in the future as well.

        March 4, 2013 at 12:42 am |
    • Totoni

      Brilliant!!! You are absolutely right. I respect your view, and actual fact.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:26 am | Reply
    • Rusnet

      I agree that once Khamenei and Ahmadinejad will follow the steps of Hussein and Gaddaffi, Iran will be a trusted ally of the United States.

      But not before...

      March 4, 2013 at 12:39 am | Reply
  31. Justin

    "We wouldn't invade Iran because Bush isn't in office...hahaaaa"

    No kidding, countries like Iran have little to fear with such a weak leader of the freeworld.

    March 3, 2013 at 11:02 pm | Reply
  32. Always lying

    We wouldn't invade Iran because Bush isn't in office...hahaaaa

    March 3, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Reply
  33. Always lying

    Rodman only went over there to put his name in the paper, he's always been a media seeking person. Yes I agree our country as alwayw been a bully as has other nations that seek power. The only difference between us and Iran and a few other Middle East nations, is they actually want to use Nukes if they get hold of them. We as people aren't chanting and holding public rallies in the middle of the street for the destruction of Iran, they do! If given a chance they would Nuke without hesitation. We were forced to use our first Nukes to end a war, not start a war.

    March 3, 2013 at 10:55 pm | Reply
  34. bankrupt1

    i think that's good. did israel gag the us from talking to them?

    March 3, 2013 at 10:52 pm | Reply
    • KEVIN

      bunkrupt, being a flaming anti-semetic (which the Jews want us all to be) I would have to illogically say yes.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:47 pm | Reply
  35. Fred

    Iran just wants guarantees that we will not invade their country the way we did Iraq.

    March 3, 2013 at 10:40 pm | Reply
    • KEVIN

      Fred, BINGO !

      March 3, 2013 at 11:49 pm | Reply
    • Totoni

      Iran is not afraid to be invaded, if you know what imam Hussein is, you will know why Iran is acting this way, hint: god created free human, we shall only bow to him, no matter what pressure, you must live free. If not than you are a slave to the more powerful.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:30 am | Reply
    • Rusnet

      That's actually very easy to do: just voluntary give up building atomic weapon and nobody will use force to prevent insane leaders of the country from obtaining it.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:46 am | Reply
  36. Always lying

    Let Iran prove more than talk. How can we trust a country that has always said that they want the total destruction of Israel and us. When they surrender all nuclear ambition, than and only then can you put some form of trust in their words. You earn trust, and not expect countries to trust that you have changed over night.

    March 3, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Reply
    • KEVIN

      Always, Iran is letting the inspectors in (unlike NK) and are requesting and demonstrating intelligent diplomatic discourse (unlike NK). Iran has no nuclear weapons (unlike NK). Gaurunteed, if the US accepts Iran's offer for one on one talks, Iran will allow Russia and China to supervise their nuclear reactors.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Reply
      • Rusnet

        I more rely on US and Israel intelligence services and military for such task.

        March 4, 2013 at 12:48 am |
  37. DC Observer

    At least our President treats all his adversaries the same - the GOP, Iran, North Korea - he talks tough; blames them for everything; and will not sit and talk intelligently with any of them

    It is a sad day when Dennis Rodman has to tell Obama that he should call the North Korean President

    March 3, 2013 at 10:36 pm | Reply
    • CSense

      That is not only a contrived dig at Obama, but also extraordinarily naive babble regarding complex international policy and negotiation.

      I suppose you think neither Iran nor North Korea would aim to manipulate, mis-advertise, or otherwise abuse direct negotiations. Do you think that your rarified ideas are unique?

      March 3, 2013 at 11:11 pm | Reply
  38. LT

    Sounds like they want money. Sorry....we're fresh out.

    March 3, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Reply
    • KEVIN

      LT, that's what I told my x-wife. But her jewish lawyer didn't believe me

      March 4, 2013 at 12:43 am | Reply
  39. keith

    The American govt just needs to sit down and act like adults and talk to them......they talk the talk about other countries needing to talk but they don't follow their own advice. The US just needs to quit acting like the bully and telling other countries what they can or cannot have, when they have it themselves. The domestic side of the US is that bullying is a bad thing, but they bully internationally.....why do you think we have al queda....the US has pushed people around for decades and they are to blame for the rise of al queda and other terrorist organizations yet we want to do nothing but annihilate them cause they are a 'thorn in our side'. Actions of administrations past and present are the reason why they are against us.

    March 3, 2013 at 10:29 pm | Reply
    • myway

      America is still paying the price for having interfered excessively in Iranian politics by backing a coup d'etat which ousted PM Mosaddegh who nationalized the Iranian oil industry. Consequently the Shah was able to consolidate his power which he promptly abused to stamp out any opposition similar to Saddam Hussein's methods. After a quarter century of rule with an iron fist the grass roots revolution sponsored by ultra conservative theocratic interests overturned the monarchy in 1979 for the first time in 2500 years. This is a typical example what happens when the US uses its muscle for short term greed at the expense of the locals in foreign lands. If anyone can get us back into semi good graces with the Iranians its the current administration. They do command more respect in muslim territories than any prior administration I can think of, although we have a long way to go to win over the muslim majority. Fighting muslim extremists alone won't get us there.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:36 am | Reply
  40. allenwoll

    Please move the "Iran" files over to the "Misc/Obslete" drawer downstairs next to the nursery.

    March 3, 2013 at 10:21 pm | Reply
  41. Tembisa

    Reblogged this on World Chaos.

    March 3, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Reply

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