Friday Iran Talking Points
from LobeLog: News and Views Relevant to U.S.-Iran relations for December 3rd, 2010:
National Review Online: The Foundation for Defense of Democracies Benjamin Weinthal blogs on a WikiLeaks cable that had originated in the U.S. Embassy in Berlin. Apparently, a senior adviser to Angela Merkel, Christoph Heusgen, proposed a quid-pro-quo relationship between Netanyahu ending settlement construction and â€œfavorableâ€ treatment of the Goldstone Report in the UN Security Council. Weinthal refutes the possibility of linkage between ending settlement construction and achieving peace between Israel and its neighbors. Instead, he rolls out the neoconservative trope of â€œreverse linkage,â€ arguing, â€œ[U.S. diplomatsâ€™] willingness, like that of President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, to remain incurably fixated on the construction of housing complexes as the impediment to peace shows the dangerous merger of American and EU foreign policy. Iranâ€™s drive to obtain nuclear weapons is relegated to an inferior status â€” at the expense of global security.â€
The Washington Post: Jennifer Rubin interviews Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Post for the Right Turn blog, extracting tough talk from him on Iran. She writes, â€œMcConnell agrees with those who think strong measures are needed to disrupt the Iranian regimeâ€™s nuclear program: â€˜What I am saying is that we should be squeezing these guys like a lemon.â€™ He says he senses, as the WikiLeaks documents suggested, that Arab leaders are deeply worried and believe â€˜only we have the swatâ€™ to deal with the threat.â€
Pajamas Media: Foundation for Defense of Democracies‘ â€œFreedom Scholarâ€ Michael Ledeen transcribes a made-up conversation with a dead friend, former CIA counter-intelligence official James Jesus Angleton. They banter about a number of possible conspiracies within the ongoing news stories about Iran â€“addressing the Stuxnet virus, the WikiLeaks cable dump, and the bombing of two Iranian nuclear scientists in Tehran. Ledeen, feigning use of a Ouija board, has his ghost friend suggest that the Russians could be behind the Stuxnet virus, and that the murdered Iranian nuclear scientists could have been killed by Tehran for their (possible) collusion with the Russians, Israelis, or Americans.
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