February 17, 2012

Fric & Frac

Er, pardon us, but the exuberance, even giddiness here over a letter from Iran indicating a willingness "to restart nuclear talks," is, frankly, NAUSEATING (see article below).

'Fool us once, shame on you; fool us twice, shame on us.' And what does it say about us if you manage to fool us a hundred times?!

How many times must we go through this farcical song and dance, where Iran glances our way, and we break into song over how much they like us, they really like us! Thereafter, to be outsmarted, outwitted and outmaneuvered, repeatedly, by the Iranian chess masters.

So now we've graduated from looking like fools, to behaving like morons. Fric & Frac (pictured in the article below) are a-singin' and DNI Clapper is a-clappin'.

How should the U.S. respond to Iran's leaders? A good place to start would be:

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The Washington Times  |  February 17, 2012

U.S., EU Optimistic For Iran Nuke Talks

By Guy Taylor

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) bids journalists to have a good weekend at the end of a press conference with European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton on February 17, 2012 following a bilateral meeting at the State Department in Washington. Photo: Getty Images | Courtesy: India Times

U.S. and European leaders expressed optimism Friday that direct talks with Iran about its nuclear program could restart in the near future.

"There is a potential possibility that Iran may be ready to start talks," Catherine Ashton, the European Union's top official for foreign affairs and security policy, said at the State Department. "I'm cautious and optimistic at the same time for this."

Her remarks come two days after Iranian leaders sent a letter to Mrs. Ashton indicating a willingness to restart nuclear talks with the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany.

Mrs. Ashton appeared beside Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who told reporters that Iran's delivery of the letter, which was in response to a similarly toned note from Mrs. Ashton, signals a "an important step."

"We welcome the letter," Mrs. Clinton said.

It remains to be seen when and where such talks will take place, although officials and analysts have suggested the venue will be in Turkey, where meetings could convene during the coming weeks.

Talks between Iran and the other nations about the Islamic republic's nuclear program last took place in Istanbul in January 2011, but broke down amid frustration that Iranian leaders were unwilling to make concessions on the program.

Tensions have mounted since then, with Iran claiming the program is geared for peaceful purposes, and the United States, Israel and others assert it is aimed at making nuclear bombs.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told lawmakers Friday that Iran's leaders "may be changing their mind" about pressing ahead with the nuclear program amid international sanctions on Iran's economy.

Original article here.


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