US Offers to 'Negotiate'
if Iran Surrenders;
Negotiation Tactics; Obama Threatens War
By Mike Shedlock
April 09, 2012 "Information
Clearing House" ---
President Obama has stepped up
the rhetoric against Iran with an offer to "negotiate". His offer is
no offer at all, it is a demand to surrender. There will be nothing
left to "negotiate" if Iran accepts the offer. This is what Obama
demands before "negotiation" begins.
- Immediately close and
dismantle a recently completed nuclear facility deep under a
- Give up and ship out
of the country its stockpile of uranium enriched to 20 percent
- Halt all enrichment
even though enrichment to 5 percent does not pose a risk
- Allow inspectors full
access to all Iranian sites
- Allow inspectors
access to key nuclear scientists even though many Iranian
scientists have been killed
The New York Times reports
U.S. Defines Its Demands for
New Round of Talks With Iran
administration and its European allies plan to open new
negotiations with Iran by demanding the immediate closing
and ultimate dismantling of a recently completed nuclear
facility deep under a mountain, according to American and
They are also calling
for a halt in the production of uranium fuel that is considered
just a few steps from bomb grade, and the shipment of existing
stockpiles of that fuel out of the country, the diplomats said.
position will be the opening move in what President Obama has
called Iran's "last chance" to resolve its nuclear confrontation
with the United Nations and the West diplomatically. The
hard-line approach would require the country's military
leadership to give up the Fordo enrichment plant outside the
holy city of Qum, and with it a huge investment in the one
facility that is most hardened against airstrikes.
There is disagreement
among the Western allies about whether Iran's leaders have made
a political decision to pursue a nuclear weapon. American
intelligence agencies have stuck to a 2007 intelligence
assessment, which found that Iran suspended research on nuclear
weapons technology in 2003 and has not decided to take the final
steps needed to build a bomb. But Britain and Israel in
particular, looking at essentially the same evidence, say that
they believe a decision has been made to move to a
nuclear-weapons capability, if not to a weapon itself.
Some American officials
say they have considerable confidence that if Iran moves to
build a weapon, they will detect the signs in time to take
military action, though others -- notably former Defense
Secretary Robert M. Gates -- have been more skeptical. American
and Israeli officials say they have been more successful in the
past few years in intelligence gathering in Iran, both from
human sources and drone aircraft, like the stealth RQ-170
Sentinel that was lost over Iran late last year.
Iran's Right to Produce Non-Weapons Grade Nuclear Fuel
Iran has as much right as
anyone else to produce non-weapons grade nuclear fuel.
Moreover, having watched
the US destroy Iraq for absolutely no reason, one should put itself
in Iranian shoes and understand the need for Iran to want to defend
Thoughts on "Negotiation" Tactics
It is common practice in
negotiation proceedings to reach for the sky with extreme positions
on both sides. It is not common practice to tell the other side we
will not even sit down to negotiate if you do not surrender in
Cooler heads might prevail
if there was actually something to "negotiate" over.
Obama Threatens War
President Obama made no
offer to "negotiate" anything. Rather Obama "Last Chance" message
can only be construed as a thinly veiled threat to wage war.
No doubt, the warmongers in
Congress and the defense department are angling for just that.
However, the US cannot afford and the world does not need another
nonsensical war, one that could easily cause the price of gasoline
to double or more.
Mike Shedlock /
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