Comments on: On U.S.-Iran deal, devil is in the details Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: carepearce Wed, 25 Sep 2013 04:38:55 +0000 You comment vaguely that the 2009 negotiations were scuttled “apparently due to disagreements in Iranian domestic politics”. I hope you are familiar with the work of one of your colleagues (former) at Woodrow Wilson, who assiduously followed and interviewed all the participants in those negotiations and concluded that an agreement had been reached according to terms Mr Obama suggested, but domestic politics in America pushed him back – I refer to Trita Parsi

Trita Parsi is the author of Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States (Yale University Press 2007).
In his newest book, A Single Roll of the Dice – Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran (Yale University Press), he uncovers the previously unknown story of American and Iranian negotiations during Obama’s early years as president, the calculations behind the two nations’ dealings, and the real reasons for their current stalemate. He is the 2010 recipient of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.

By: rikfre Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:31:21 +0000 One of the biggest oil producers in the world, with barely any refining capacity, spends millions on a nuclear program instead of building refining capacity. Given its recent history, how can one find credibility that Iran will not militarize their nuclear capability.

By: OUTPOST2012.NET Tue, 24 Sep 2013 09:31:19 +0000 The progress in relations with the Islamic Republic cannot be achieved even hypothetically, if “the details” we are talking about are limited by the nuclear program.

The details to be discussed openly are to include:

– the Western support of Iraq in the bloody war 1980-1987;
– the numerous sanctions initiated at the time of the Bill Clinton’s presidency;
– the interests and security of Shia communities across the Middle East (Syria, Iraq, Lebanon);
– the obvious fact that five (!) countries in the radius of 1,000 from Tehran possess nuclear weapons;
– Hezbollah and the safety of Israel.

And many other issues – those are the details to be debated.
Iran is being pushed into the corner. We made the nation of more than 80 millions very close to “red line” when withdrawal from NPT might be considered the only viable option to provide the security.

I very much hope that President Obama is perfectly aware of the reality. A change can be made.