A Hard Line in the Sand


I sat on this Greg Jaffe and Missy Ryan piece for the Washington Post all weekend, waiting to see what would happen with that March 31 negotiating deadline.

And sure enough, the new official Administration policy is “Deadline, Schmedline.” Here’s that harder line for you:

Claiming enough progress had been made to warrant an extension after six days of intense bartering and eager to avoid a collapse in the discussions, US Secretary of State John Kerry and his British and German counterparts huddled with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif in the Swiss town of Lausanne to continue a marathon effort to bridge still significant gaps and hammer out details of a framework accord.

Now Obama and Kerry are giving the Iraqis until June — and this time, they mean it.