Monday, June 19, 2006

Idiocy Defined

So we knew that in the immediate period post-"Mission Accomplished", that Iran was willing to negotiate on a broad range of topics. Via Kevin Drum, we see exactly how broad those topics were:
The document lists a series of Iranian aims for the talks, such as ending sanctions, full access to peaceful nuclear technology and a recognition of its "legitimate security interests." Iran agreed to put a series of U.S. aims on the agenda, including full cooperation on nuclear safeguards, "decisive action" against terrorists, coordination in Iraq, ending "material support" for Palestinian militias and accepting the Saudi initiative for a two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The document also laid out an agenda for negotiations, with possible steps to be achieved at a first meeting and the development of negotiating road maps on disarmament, terrorism and economic cooperation.
Now, if you'll remember, frightening other regimes into good behaviour was one of the (manifold) rationales used to justify this war. So what did Bushco do when the war frightened the Iranian regime in to the desired good behaviour? Well, they shit all over it, like they do with everything:
Top Bush administration officials, convinced the Iranian government was on the verge of collapse, belittled the initiative.
Yeah. How'd that work out for you guys? Oh, that's right, we got President Ahmedinejad. Nice work.

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