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The Myth of Iranian Partnership

October 6th, 2013 - 7:15 pm

I knew it because I had participated in briefly secret meetings in Rome with some knowledgeable Iranians.  One of them provided us with details on some would-be assassins, indeed so many details that when they were passed on to our special-forces commanders, they were able to locate the killers and make sure they didn’t kill any of our guys.

A lot of nonsense has been written about the Rome meetings–the CIA station chief in Rome dispatched an angry cable to Langley full of errors (he wasn’t at the meetings, and only learned about them after the fact)–but the bottom line for me was that we’d obtained information that saved American lives.  And it shows you a few things about the Iranians.  For starters, that they are quite capable of acting like your best ally at the very moment they’re trying to kill your soldiers.  Second, that story about “reformers” inside the Iranian regime has to be taken with a lot of salt.  If the Iranians really wanted to change their relationship to the United States, they wouldn’t be killing us.  Third, that if a rapprochement between Iran and the United States can be blown up by two words in a speech, it isn’t likely to work well even if the diplomatic censors remove the offensive language.

Keep that in mind as Rouhani and Zarif wage their charm offensive.  And keep digging for the truth about Iranian activities.  General Suleimani is no friend of ours;  he wants us dead or dominated.  That bit about his reconsidering everything about the United States is unworthy of a serious analyst.

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" Arab spring ", " charm offensive " - Who comes up with this nonsense?

What IS offensive is the attempt to charm. It offends both the eye and the intellect. As if a smile can distract from a knife held at your throat.

What is going on is nothing but crude propaganda. The mislabeling of obvious intention.

The Iranians and other muslim nations respect only brute force. That is not going to change over tea and biscuits whoever does the pouring.

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Nuke the Iranians first and all the other muslims second,
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"As one who acts weary, shooting arrows, darts, and death and says: I am only playing"

While King Solomon was directly referring to gossippers (a.k.a. journalists), the Rabbis also applied it to Ishmael. WAY before Islam.

(Yes, I know Iranians aren't Arabs. But the culture has sunk in.)
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Your article/reporting is consistent with my analysis then and now; and I'm just a country boy who watches actions and deduces intentions, and understands the meaning of words that are inconsistent with actions...What part of two faced...,that is at war with us, do people/authorities not understand? I do not believe naive explains the phenomena that we are observing....
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Kindly pardon my confusion, but what does Iran hope to accomplish in the long run? World domination? Preposterous. A new ME caliphate? Also preposterous. They're a small country with a broken government and without the support of most of their citizens. And, their "evil" cousins, the Sunnis, are taking every opportunity to destroy their clients and would very much like to destroy them as well. I suspect that the illegitimate rulers of Iran are only trying to survive and are using every ruse in the book to obtain that end.... kind of like what's his name in NK.

Am I missing something?
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"World domination? Preposterous."

What time frame are you using? I'm assuming their goal of world domination is one they don't quite expect to happen before the end of the century, though they will be very happy if it does occur. In any case, they think they have Allah on their side, so it will happen eventually.
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The Persians have been a thorn in the side of all about them since time immemorial. Why should now be any different. It's what they do. It's who they are. If Leonidas had had nukes...
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Reading the news- the latest from Fars News (Revolutionary Guards' Pravda)= there was a tripatriate meeting in Kabul (Afghanistan-USS-Iran) whereby US asked for Iran's partnership in Infrastructural Projects in Afghanistan (http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=1392071500040). Then US State dept. is launching soccer diplomacy with Iran (from Putin's Russia- http://en.rian.ru/sport/20131008/183995407/US-Iran-Soccer-Game-Ideal-for-Diplomacy-US-State-Dept.htm) Then from an unnamed source- Iran will be attending the Syrian Peace Talks as a participant.The problem is not with Suleimani/Iran- the problem is US policies of establishing relations with Iran that are not based in reality on the ground.
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Very disappointing that Mr. Ledeen takes Crocker's quote out of context.

I read Filkins' entire profile of Suleimani, and the only conclusion was that no one can trust Suleimani or Iran2013.

In fact, Dexter Filkins and The New Yorker did everyone a great service by publishing this just before Obama chased down Rouhani.

No one should only read "ideologically correct" media.

btw, The New Yorker stopped allowing comments on their blog posts because they got freaked out by all their very independent subscribers.
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We always seem to hear that the enemy was planning on changing its tune on Monday morning except for the bad things we said on Friday afternoon. While I have no doubt that Arab and Muslim pride are a continuing stumbling block if they decide that it's in their best interests to change their tune, they will do so.

In the run up to the war in Iraq there were two nytimes correspondents that I remember giving reports nearly every day: (old) John Burns and (young) Dexter Filkens. I was impressed a lot with Burns. Filkens, not so much.
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It's so refreshing to read you Ledeen in times like these: you exhibit the restraint and respect which indicate you are a serious person, and you uncover just enough truth to utterly dissolve silly statements like those from Crocker echoed via Filkins. They were such that I knew they smelled, but it was only until I came here and saw you looking at them, then shaking your head, that I realized why they were so ridiculous.

Thanks for that :-)
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