Sunday, September 22, 2013

Why do I doubt his sincerity?  Iran's President Rouhani says that Iran is ready to talk with the U.S. about their nuclear development program.  A careful parsing of his words shows that it's full of classic weasel-wording.  And even a casual glance at his speeches for an Iranian audience shows that he says much different things to them (this is an outrageously under-reported facet of Arab and Persian Middle East politics).  But somehow I suspect that the progressives will jump all over this speech as a “signal” of Rouhani's moderation.  In the end, we'll spend much effort and money pursuing another progressive pipe-dream...

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