Iran: On second thought …

posted at 11:35 am on November 13, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Iran has spent the last two years demanding unconditional, direct talks between themselves and the US before negotiating on their pursuit of nuclear power/weapons.  Now that the US has elected a President who agreed to those terms, Tehran has changed its mind.  Now they claim that the differences between the two nations are too great for unconditional talks:

Since 2006, Iran’s leaders have called for direct, unconditional talks with the United States to resolve international concerns over their nuclear program. But as an American administration open to such negotiations prepares to take power, Iran’s political and military leaders are sounding suddenly wary of President-elect Barack Obama.

“People who put on a mask of friendship, but with the objective of betrayal, and who enter from the angle of negotiations without preconditions, are more dangerous,” Hossein Taeb, deputy commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, said Wednesday, according to the semiofficial Mehr News Agency.

“The power holders in the new American government are trying to regain their lost influence with a tactical change in their foreign diplomacy. They are shifting from a hard conflict to a soft attack,” Taeb said.

For Iran’s leaders, the only state of affairs worse than poor relations with the United States may be improved relations. The Shiite Muslim clerics who rule the country came to power after ousting Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, a U.S.-backed autocrat, in their 1979 Islamic revolution. Opposition to the United States, long vilified as the “great Satan” here in Friday sermons, remains one of the main pillars of Iranian politics.

Thus dies another Bush Derangement Syndrome fallacy.  Critics of the current administration here and abroad blamed Bush for not having normal relations with the Iranians.  In truth, the Europeans didn’t — and don’t — want the US to have direct negotiations with the Iranians yet, because it would reduce the leverage they have on Iran as trading partners.  The Iranians never wanted direct talks; they hate the US and Israel and aren’t interested in being buddies.

This is the point that Obama and his allies never seem to understand.  Some people just hate us, and not because of our policies on trade and security.  Iran is a nation run by radical Islamist mullahs who see secular democracy as the enemy of their religion, and Western values as a temporary heresy which they plan to correct with a global caliphate under Iranian control.

Irans’ mullahs see America as the bastion of these values, and Israel as our outpost for them in the region.  Europe is mostly irrelevant to them; they can deal with Europe after eliminating the arsenal of democracy, or hobbling it so badly that we no longer make a difference.  That’s why Mahmoud Ahmadinejad holds symposiums on a world without the US and Israel.

Addendum: The Iranians also claimed that they tested a long-range missile yesterday, but apparently no one else saw it:

On Wednesday, Iran test-fired a two-stage, solid-fuel rocket, Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammed Najjar announced on state television. He said the missile had a range of 1,200 miles — meaning that it could reach Israel and U.S. targets in the Middle East.

In Washington, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said that he could not “independently confirm media reports indicating an Iranian missile launch,” but added that “Iran’s missile program is a concern that poses a threat to its neighbors in the region and beyond.”

A two-stage rocket launch is hardly a secret, especially with American satellite technology.  If no one can confirm it, it probably didn’t happen.


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In better news, there will be Roast Moonbat and pie for Christmas dinner in the attic.

That sounds lovely. ;)

Hopefully many more. (Well, I meant Christmases, but moonbat feasts as well–don’t want grue to starve.)

fireweednectar on November 13, 2008 at 2:27 PM

That sounds lovely. ;)

Hopefully many more. (Well, I meant Christmases, but moonbat feasts as well–don’t want grue to starve.)

fireweednectar on November 13, 2008 at 2:27 PM

They’re tasty alright, but only migratory predators can survive on them for the long term. They always destroy their current habitat in short order and move on quickly to the next.

DarkCurrent on November 13, 2008 at 2:36 PM

Gays think they have it bad here without being able to get married. They hunt them down over there and execute them there. They should have researched Mr. Hoppy more thoroughly.

sheebe on November 13, 2008 at 1:27 PM

Exactly, and this is why it never ceases to amaze me when Rosie O’Donnell, Madonna, et al constantly bash America with their over the top rhetoric (Bush=Hitler, America is evil, etc) yet if they lived in Iran they would both be stoned to death in the streets, Madonna for her risqué shows and costumes and Rosie for being gay!

The fact is they enjoy more freedoms and blessings (they’ve made millions and are rich) here than they would have anywhere else in the world, therefore their lack of logic, common sense, and stupidity are mind boggling!

These people are nothing but INGRATES AND FOOLS!

Liberty or Death on November 13, 2008 at 2:40 PM

They’re tasty alright, but only migratory predators can survive on them for the long term. They always destroy their current habitat in short order and move on quickly to the next.
DarkCurrent on November 13, 2008 at 2:36 PM

Yep, like the parasites they are!

Liberty or Death on November 13, 2008 at 2:42 PM

A two-stage rocket launch is hardly a secret, especially with American satellite technology. If no one can confirm it, it probably didn’t happen.

Unless the rocket is a kit from Estes or Quest and the measurement is in FEET instead of miles. Have we seen any photographs of this thing next to their plastic model jet?

dogsoldier on November 13, 2008 at 2:47 PM

dogsoldier on November 13, 2008 at 2:47 PM

You’re just trying to obfuscate and confuse readers in the face of Iran’s obvious technological superiority. They use metric units.

DarkCurrent on November 13, 2008 at 2:58 PM

so they used to want to break even in talks. Now with Hussain in charge they want a gift before even talking? Of course Obama does not understand the art of neogation.

allrsn on November 13, 2008 at 4:42 PM

Thus dies another Bush Derangement Syndrome fallacy. Critics of the current administration here and abroad blamed Bush for not having normal relations with the Iranians. In truth, the Europeans didn’t — and don’t — want the US to have direct negotiations with the Iranians yet, because it would reduce the leverage they have on Iran as trading partners. The Iranians never wanted direct talks; they hate the US and Israel and aren’t interested in being buddies.

No, no, the Iranians would have been fine if it weren’t all those years contending with Bushhitler. We made them that way. They were fine before.

hawkdriver on November 13, 2008 at 4:42 PM

It looks like Barry was gullible enough to reach for the carrot.

Ryan Gandy on November 14, 2008 at 12:12 PM