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Veronica.Franco Donating Member (752 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 11:23 AM
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Nicholas D. Kristof: Hang Up! Tehran Is Calling
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Hang Up! Tehran Is Calling
By Nicholas D. Kristof

The New York Times

One of the most worrying parts of President Bushs Iraq strategy doesnt have anything to do with Iraq. Its the way hes ramping up a confrontation with Iran.

Across a broad spectrum of policy levers, Mr. Bush is raising the pressure on Iran, increasing the risk that he will drag the U.S. into a third war in an Islamic country in six years. Instead of disengaging from war, he could end up starting another.

We could have taken another route. In 2003, Iran sent the U.S. a detailed message offering to work together to capture terrorists, to stabilize Iraq, to resolve nuclear disputes, to withdraw military support for Hezbollah and Hamas, and to moderate its position on Israel, in exchange for the U.S. lifting sanctions and warming up to Iran.

Some diplomats liked the idea, but administration hawks rejected it at once. Lawrence Wilkerson, a former chief of staff to Colin Powell, says that the State Department sent a cable to the Swiss ambassador in Tehran, who looks after U.S. interests in Iran, scolding him for even forwarding the package to Washington.
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