[Marxism] Divided over Iran

Marvin Gandall marvgandall at rogers.com
Thu Mar 18 08:36:42 MST 2004

The Bush administration is split on Iran policy, according to the Financial
Times - specifically over whether a deal favourable to US interests can be
struck with the entrenched clerical leadership. The differences echo those
between the State and Defence departments leading up to the invasion of Iraq
and over North Korea.

The Times says the State department, Condoleezza Rice, and the old
Republican national security establishment believe the Iranians can be
persuaded to drop their support of armed Islamist militias, recognize
Israel, cooperate on Iraq, and scale back their nuclear program.

These so-called “realists” no longer have confidence in an Iranian change of
regime which would transfer power to liberal, secular, pro-Western
reformers, and want to respond to long-standing peace overtures from Iranian

But the opposing faction led by defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld is
adamantly against abandoning this pursuit, and accuses its more pragmatic
opponents of secretly welcoming the rigging of recent elections in Iran as
providing an opening for renewed diplomacy.

FT article reproduced on  www.supportingfacts.com

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