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July 05, 2007



American voters and Iranian officials should and can avoid possible bad faith discussions between the US and Iran by insisting on adult supervision: the EU and UN should participate in the talks if any are held - and all sides should insist on no pre-conditions. Witnesses are required, or the BushCheneyCondiHadley folks will set a trap for Iran and use pretend-negotiations to lead us into another war based on lies, half-truths, and fear mongering.

For the first time in my life, I'm forced to say that the Bush US government can't be trusted to do foreign/defense policy in one-one negotiations.


I think you're being a bit unfair to Cohen here. In the sentences you cut off, he specifies exactly what hardball means:

"If the answer to the invitation is no, and Iranian-orchestrated attacks in Iraq continue, America should play hardball. Iran, like Iraq, is a multiethnic country. Its Kurds, ethnic Baluchis and other minorities can find money and weapons flowing to them from a ''worthy adversary'' of the mullahs' regime."

He thinks we should arm rebellious splinter groups in Iran. That strikes me as very dumb, but it is specific.

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