Iranian lawmakers want to talk to Congress

posted at 7:38 pm on May 15, 2007 by Allahpundit

Yeah, I’ll bet they do. They need Khamenei’s permission, though, before they can go ahead with the formation of a “friendship committee.” If he grants it, it could be another sign that Ahmadinejad’s influence is waning and the powers that be are trending towards the pragmatists. Or it could be yet another chapter of that old Islamist favorite, good cop/bad cop.

I’m sure it’ll all work out for the best.

Proponents hope the effort, for which they were gathering petition signatures Tuesday, will be condoned by Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final say in national matters…

“If (Iranian) government officials can reconcile with Americans, why can’t the Iranian nation reconcile with the American people?” asked Jalal Hosseini, a pro-reform lawmaker who signed the petition.

So far, proponents have gathered 20 signatures and plan to seek more at the 290-seat parliament. Backers come from across Iran’s political spectrum

“We also seek to moderate Iran-bashing laws at the U.S. Congress through direct contacts with them and invite U.S. congressmen to get firsthand, correct information about realities in Iran,” said reformist lawmaker Darioush Ghanbari.

The more nervous the west gets about its nuclear program, the more Iran will want to preposition itself as a solid, well-meaning global citizen in case its attacked. Expect Khamenei to approve the committee.

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Playing us like a fiddle.

Limerick on May 15, 2007 at 7:40 PM

“Iranian lawmakers want to talk to Congress.”
How does it feel to want.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 15, 2007 at 7:42 PM

Pre-emptive Taqiyya

RedWinged Blackbird on May 15, 2007 at 7:44 PM

But I’m sure Nancy will embrace her Partners in the Iranian Version of congress…

You know… they have so much in common…. they both want America defeated and humbled…

Romeo13 on May 15, 2007 at 7:48 PM

Buying time..tick…tick…tick

TheBigOldDog on May 15, 2007 at 7:58 PM

Definitely don’t talk…bomb them instead.

JaHerer22 on May 15, 2007 at 7:59 PM

Definitely don’t talk…bomb them instead.

I thought you guys were all about separation of powers. What happened to executive authority over foreign policy?

Allahpundit on May 15, 2007 at 8:00 PM

At least they know who their friends are.

JohnJ on May 15, 2007 at 8:08 PM

Definitely don’t talk…bomb them instead.

There is no reason to talk to people who have stated that:
A. They will lie in the cause of Allah, and
B. They will not honor any negotiated settlement, and
C. They have a religious duty to kill us.

RedWinged Blackbird on May 15, 2007 at 8:10 PM

Earth and Water.

Kid from Brooklyn on May 15, 2007 at 8:54 PM

Allahpundit on May 15, 2007 at 8:00 PM

Okay so what if Khamenei and Bush agree to disagree and both decide to allow their more pragmatic legislative branches to engage in dialogue in an attempt to reach some sort of agreement that would be mutally beneficial to both nations?

Alright I’ll leave fantasy land, but come on a little optimism never hurt did it Allah? And if we’re going to end up bombing them anyway, at least we can say we tried.

JaHerer22 on May 15, 2007 at 8:59 PM

Maybe they’ll do to Congress what the Martians did in “Mars Attacks”.

More likely they’ll tell the dhimmicrats to put the jizya tax in the next budget.

Tony737 on May 15, 2007 at 10:00 PM

Tony737

Speaking of jizya tax, exactly what is the money sent over the years to the PA, run by a known terrorist?
And when did the US start giving the really big bucks to Egypt? I recollect the foriegn aid to Egypt increased significantly after the Camp David accords, and continue to this day. A cynic might suggest that is jizya tax to prevent war agianst Israel.

OneEyedJack on May 15, 2007 at 10:14 PM

I assume Mahmoud wants to accept Reid’s surrender officially?

profitsbeard on May 15, 2007 at 10:31 PM

“We also seek to moderate Iran-bashing laws at the U.S. Congress through direct contacts with them ..”

We’ll take that to committtee right after Congress moderates it’s Bush-bashing laws.

Actually, I wasn’t aware we had Iran-bashing laws on the books? Wow, can we introduce more of them?

fogw on May 15, 2007 at 10:42 PM

Why yes they want to have foot washing equiptment installed for Ellison. Can Sharia be far behing? No really these guys are hurting for cash . They probably want to talk to Charlie Rangle about becoming a satillite welfare state.

sonnyspats1 on May 16, 2007 at 1:09 AM

RedWinged Blackbird on May 15, 2007 at 8:10 PM

There is no reason to talk to people who have stated that:
A. They will lie in the cause of Allah, and
B. They will not honor any negotiated settlement, and
C. They have a religious duty to kill us.

D: They will continue to violate the sanctity of embassies.

We still owe them payback for 444 days of captivity of our embassy staff. They still occupy OUR SOVERIGN SOIL in Teheran.

If I were in charge, at the very least I would insure that the former US Embassy is destroyed by our hand. And I would make sure that their parliament building suffers the same fate as punitive payback for the Marine barracks in Beirut, the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, and for their part in killing Americans in Iraq.

And I’d also forcibly remove from the territory of the United States all Iranian UN diplomatic personnel.

georgej on May 16, 2007 at 6:55 AM

I thought you guys were all about separation of powers. What happened to executive authority over foreign policy?

That was my first question. Not coming down harder on Pelosi for her little foreign policy trip set the stage. Now congress thinks they have equal footing in this regard and Iran is more than willing to take advantage of it to do an end-run around the president.

taznar on May 16, 2007 at 12:34 PM

Actually, I wasn’t aware we had Iran-bashing laws on the books? Wow, can we introduce more of them?

fogw on May 15, 2007 at 10:42 PM

I was wondering about that too.

lan astaslem on May 16, 2007 at 2:38 PM