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2003-12-08 Middle East
Jordanian king trying to broker deal between US and Iran
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Posted by Dan Darling 2003-12-08 1:27:11 AM|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [325 views since 2007-05-07]  Top

#1 Not sure about women and kids, but MEK is hardly going to become an asset to us - their problem with Iran is that they do not think it is Islamist enough.
Posted by John Anderson  2003-12-8 8:22:05 AM||   2003-12-8 8:22:05 AM|| Front Page Top

#2 Yeah, but trying to disarm them probably means fighting them. It's probably easier and safer to use them up against Iran.
Posted by Robert Crawford  2003-12-8 8:41:14 AM|| []  2003-12-8 8:41:14 AM|| Front Page Top

#3 methinks we're keeping the MEK in existence purely to bargain for the AQ guys in Iran. We DO want regime change in Iran, but we want the Iranians to take the lead, not to send 4th ID charging in. But if Iran doesnt cooperate on AQ, all bets are off. So far they seem to think they can use AQ against us, to keep Iraq from settling into a stable democratic state (if its one thats led by Shiites thats even MORE threatening to the Teheran mullahs) And at the same time stirring up the region with AQ hits in Saudi and Turkey. Well we cant let them play that game - so we need credible sticks, until they do a deal.
Posted by liberalhawk 2003-12-8 10:15:43 AM||   2003-12-8 10:15:43 AM|| Front Page Top

#4 In congressional testimony, Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage said in October that Washington is not interested in governmental change in Tehran and is open to dialogue if the al Qaeda issue is resolved.

Armitage says that "Washington is not interested"? Washington's a big place. Who does he think doesn't want to see the mullahs toppled? (I strongly suspect that it's really the State Department that isn't warm to the idea of Iranian mullah removal)
Posted by Bomb-a-rama 2003-12-8 11:56:00 AM||   2003-12-8 11:56:00 AM|| Front Page Top

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