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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:17 AM
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WP, Robin Wright: U.S. Faces a Crossroads on Iran Policy
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U.S. Faces a Crossroads on Iran Policy

By Robin Wright
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, July 19, 2004; Page A09


The Bush administration is under mounting pressure to take action to deal with Iran -- and end the drift that has characterized U.S. policy for more than three years.

The final report of the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, due Thursday, may further intensify the policy debate, as it says Iran let eight of the 19 hijackers transit through Iran from neighboring Afghanistan -- a claim Tehran does not deny. The issue is whether it happened with Iran's compliance or because of porous borders....


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....two of the most prominent foreign policy groups in Washington are calling for the United States to end a quarter-century of hostile relations and begin new diplomatic overtures to Iran, despite disagreements on a vast range of issues. Because the "solidly entrenched" government provides the only "authoritative" interlocutors, Washington should "deal with the current regime rather than wait for it to fall," says a Council on Foreign Relations report released today....

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White House officials point to a three-paragraph presidential statement two years ago this month as core (WH)policy. It notes local and national elections when voters supported reformers; it then calls on Tehran to "listen to their hopes."....But in a split reminiscent of the deep prewar divisions over Iraq, the administration has been at odds over how to accomplish its goals -- engagement, containment or confrontation. Once again, the State Department has been willing to explore areas of potential cooperation -- notably narcotics interdiction, Afghanistan and Iraq -- to see whether discussions under international auspices might lead to wider discussions....In contrast, the Pentagon and Vice President Cheney's office have resisted making overtures, U.S. officials say. After the heady victory in Afghanistan and before Iraq, a few voices urged a toughened stance against Tehran next....

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Increasingly alarmed over Iran's failure to come clean on its arms programs, Congress is becoming tougher. Since House Resolution 398 passed on May 6, a similar Senate resolution calling for punitive action, mainly through broad new U.N. sanctions, is expected to be put to a vote -- and win overwhelming support -- when Congress returns after Labor Day, congressional sources say.

In an even more dramatic move, Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) plans to introduce an Iran liberation act this fall, modeled on the Iraq Liberation Act that mandated government change in Baghdad and provided more than $90 million to the Iraqi opposition. The goals would be the same for Iran, including regime change, congressional officials said....


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A60286-20...
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radfringe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:29 AM
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1. based on what "RELIABLE and CREDIBLE" sources?
we have been told there were intel failures regarding September 11

we have also been told there were intel failures regarding WMDs in Iraq

How reliable and credible is this latest intel about Iran? Can we believe it? Or is this just more "hype" by bush* inc. in an election year? Or is bush* being "mislead".....again."

Tenent is gone, McLaughlin is the interim head of CIA and has only been in that position for a few weeks -- certainly not enough time to make any significant "overhauls" of the agency.

I would hope if bush* starts wagging his dick at Iran that the MEDIA and CONGRESS don't rollover for a bellyrub.

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iconoclastic cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 07:25 AM
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2. Hey, does this mean he actually has policy plans for his second term?
More invasions! Yee-ha!
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The Zanti Regent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 07:32 AM
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3. AREN'T WE OVEREXTENDED ALREADY?
Here we go again, the WHORESHINGTON POST demanding more blood for oil!
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bpilgrim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 07:33 AM
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4. What about Saudi Arabia?
wtf about THEM? r we supposed to pretend we didn't notice MOST of them came from there and what about PAKISTAN :crazy:

"The Bush administration is under mounting pressure to take action to deal with Iran'

who is giving bush pressure, the neoCONs?

oh, well... same as it ever was i guess.



peace
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