More signs — still preliminary — that Iran’s ready to deal

For the moment, I’ll file this under “Believe it when I see it,” but it’s nonetheless encouraging:

From The Washington Post:

“Iran and the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency are near agreement on a plan that could lift the veil on some of the Islamic Republic’s past nuclear research, U.N. officials said Tuesday in an announcement that raised hopes for a more comprehensive nuclear accord when Iranian officials meet with six world powers later in the week.

Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said U.N. and Iranian officials settled most of their differences during talks Monday in the Iranian capital and were moving toward a formal pact on making Iran’s nuclear activities more transparent….

“We had expansive and intensive talks in a positive atmosphere,” Amano told Iranian television after the hastily arranged meeting in Tehran.

Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, also hailed what he described as “very good talks” with the IAEA leader. “God willing, we will have good cooperation in the future,” he added.”

In a separate line of negotiations, six major countries including the United States will meet with Iranian representatives beginning Wednesday to discuss a deal in which Iran would dismantle its nuclear infrastructure and surrender its stores of highly enriched uranium. In return, harsh economic sanctions against Iran would be lifted.

The odds of success in that negotiation would probably increase if the IAEA inspection deal is finalized, suggesting that Iran is finally willing to concede to international demands. In the past, however, Iran has repeatedly seemed to agree to deals only to back out of them later.

Will this time prove different? Perhaps so. Iran has never before faced economic sanctions so broad and so well-enforced internationally. It’s also pretty clear that if these negotiations fail, military intervention becomes a much more serious option, and that’s a route that nobody should be eager to travel.

Stay tuned. Success is far from guaranteed, but it’s at least worth the effort. As an old Iranian proverb puts it, “Trust in God — but tie your camel tight.”

– Jay Bookman

454 comments Add your comment

Thomas Heyward jr

May 22nd, 2012
9:28 pm

The only thing worse than a crony-corp(ala Bain) ……is a crony-President -endorsed-(ala GM)————————–
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The list of things the Federal government does well is fairly short. It comprises items like the 3rd Infantry Division; the United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility in Florence, Colo.; the Eisenhower Interstate Highway System (except that part near New York City that has been under construction since Ike was still alive) and… er… the dime is a nice coin.
The list of things the government does poorly is — obviously — much, much longer and includes essentially everything else.
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Also earning a place on the latter list: automobile manufacturing. Last week, an analysis by economist John Lott (and went unremarked upon by the corporate media) revealed that Barack Obama’s 2009 bailout of the auto industry is likely one of the greatest boondoggles of the modern age. In order to allow his union cronies to take control of the beached whale that was General Motors Co., Obama handed the largest of Detroit’s “Big Three” $100 billion in taxpayer money. According to figures released last week, GM is now worth about one-third of that figure.
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ONE HUNDRED BILLION.
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Also this—————-Obama and his cronies are imposing 31 percent tariffs on imported solar panels from China. This will diminish competition for the government-subsidized cronies of the Obammunists at companies like the bankrupted corporate crooks at Solyndra, and will lead to higher prices to consumers for solar panels. It’s corporate welfare in disguise (to the economically ignorant, anyway), as has always been the case with protectionist tariffs.
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Gawd ………………..how embarressing to be a statist nowadays.

Thomas Heyward jr

May 22nd, 2012
9:32 pm

BAIN..BAIN…BAIN…………..
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In 2005, GM began showing cracks in its foundation, losing more than $10 billion. The unwieldy union deals (virtually untouched by the Obama bailout) were forcing the company toward bankruptcy. The losses mounted until December 2008, when the company admitted it was almost out of cash. Obama swept in, fired then-CEO Rick Wagoner and upped the taxpayer ante to a cool $100 billion, which now is not only beyond possible to repay but beyond the total value of GM by a factor of three.

In one of Obama’s auto industry ads, he mentions: “What happened in Detroit can happen in all sorts of communities…” Despite Obama’s infamous insincerity, he really means it. Judging by his economic “successes” like GM, if he’s re-elected he can do it, too.
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Gawd………..how embarressing to be a Romney/Obama supporter.

JamVet

May 22nd, 2012
9:32 pm

Embarrassing is misspelling embarressing…

Thomas

May 22nd, 2012
9:34 pm

So in the next 24-48 hours we find out if Biden is the most ignorant “leader” ever by saying Romney is no more qualified to be Pres than a plumber or if Romney is the biggest idiot to run for Pres. not to attack the moronic statement.

OK Joe- are you so concerned about your job that you feel compelled to talk about competition or are you saying the Pres/VP job is over the heads of the lowly blue collar worker.

What a bunch of pathetic dumb arses.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

May 22nd, 2012
9:34 pm

Gawd ………………..how embarressing[sic] to be a statist nowadays.

Oh, the irony.

:lol:

stands for decibels

May 22nd, 2012
9:36 pm

it’s undeniable that conservatives put a lot more value on “driving liberals nuts” than vice versa.

Wherever do conservatives get such ideas, I wonder?

Thomas Heyward jr

May 22nd, 2012
9:37 pm

Also..there’s this—————–
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The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday rejected a call by a US anti-Iran group for it to cut its relations with Tehran’s central bank in order to adhere to US and European sanctions.

The IMF said its account with Bank Markazi is simply related to Iran’s membership in the IMF and does not contravene sanctions placed on Tehran to pressure it not to develop nuclear weapons.
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Diplomacy my azzzzzzzzzzzzz.
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Gawd………..it must be embarressing to believe in Government propoganda.

Tundra Dude

May 22nd, 2012
9:39 pm

Iran’s been on the verge of having nukes for almost 30 years. (yawn)
I no longer believe the demonization of Iran has anything to do with nukes.
If not nukes….wonder what the real motive is..??

http://bit.ly/aqIWTT

Iran’s Ever Imminent Nukes: A History of Hysteria

by Muhammad Sahimi, May 05, 2010

JamVet

May 22nd, 2012
9:40 pm

So in the next 24-48 hours we find out if Biden is the most ignorant “leader” ever

Not even close. There will always be your boy Dicky…

Don’t blame him (Bush), nobody saw it (the impending economic meltdown of September 2008) coming.

stands for decibels

May 22nd, 2012
9:42 pm

Headline: Almost No Regular Americans Rank Deficit As Their Top Issue

However, America’s skimmer-class wants it to be a top issue, because that might be their best shot at dislodging the uppity crypto-Muslim from the white house whilst gutting America’s social safety net.

So you’ll keep hearing about it a lot from their superPAC ads.

Recon 0311 2533

May 22nd, 2012
9:44 pm

Another hour until Taps…y’all have a good evening.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

May 22nd, 2012
9:45 pm

No surprise here. As soon as we leave they will go back to the stone age !

“Americans complained the Afghans were undisciplined in combat, thieves and drug-users. Among the comments: “They are stoned all the time; some even while on patrol with us” and “They are pretty much gutless in combat. … We do most of the fighting”

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57438696/as-more-afghan-troops-turn-on-coalition-report-details-distrust-resentment-on-both-sides/?tag=cbsContent;cbsCarousel

Oscar

May 22nd, 2012
9:56 pm

Americans complained the Afghans were undisciplined in combat, thieves and drug-users. Among the comments: “They are stoned all the time; some even while on patrol with us” and “They are pretty much gutless in combat. … We do most of the fighting”

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Since we are fighting against Afghans, if are Afghans are as described above, would the same not be true of the ones we are fighting. Something here does not add up.
His description of Afghans is incorrect. If it was correct, we would not still be fighting gutless, stoned, undisciplined thieves and drug uses people after ten years. Sounds like gutless, stoned undisciplined thieves and drug useres make for some pretty good fighters – at least from the resutlts.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

May 22nd, 2012
9:56 pm

“They are stoned all the time; some even while on patrol with us” and “They are pretty much gutless in combat. … We do most of the fighting”

And yet, after all these centuries, they remain undefeated.

Oscar

May 22nd, 2012
9:58 pm

no longer believe the demonization of Iran has anything to do with nukes.
If not nukes….wonder what the real motive is..??

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Real motive is to sustain support for Isreal. Any emeny will do as long as they sound like a threat.

Oscar

May 22nd, 2012
10:00 pm

We do most of the fighting”

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Why would they fight if they can get someone else to do it for them? Stupid?

Soothsayer

May 22nd, 2012
10:04 pm

ragnar danneskjold

May 22nd, 2012
10:07 pm

Highly suspicious.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

May 22nd, 2012
10:11 pm

Kammie and Oscar:

You don’t get it but then you don’t have the experience to get it.

Afghanistan Army – obviously pretty pathetic
Afghanistan Terrorists – will kick their butt.

South Vietnamese Army – pretty pathetic
Viet Cong – kicked their butt

Oscar

May 22nd, 2012
10:12 pm

You don’t get it but then you don’t have the experience to get it.

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No, you are the one that does not get it. spelled it out and you still can’t see it.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

May 22nd, 2012
10:13 pm

Soothsayer:

Yes ………. a great one.

I once had the same version (but accidentally dumped it) with footage of Vietnam combat, etc. It was very moving but I can’t find it on YouTube anymore. Must have been pulled.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

May 22nd, 2012
10:14 pm

Oscar:

“War is sweet for the inexperienced”

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

May 22nd, 2012
10:15 pm

You don’t get it but then you don’t have the experience to get it.

British Empire — didn’t kick Afg. butt
Soviet Union — didn’t kick Afg. butt
Chinggis Khaan — didn’t kick Afg. butt.

Seems to me that you’re the one that “don’t get it.”

Soothsayer

May 22nd, 2012
10:17 pm

Oscar

May 22nd, 2012
10:20 pm

War is sweet for the inexperienced”

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Change the subject if you will. Only means you still don’t get it. Never have. Never will.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

May 22nd, 2012
10:21 pm

Kammie:

Go back an read it ………….. the point was the Afghan Army will NOT be able to hold their own.

All of those others got their butts kicked and had to retreat the hell out of there.

We will leave when we are ready.

Big difference.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

May 22nd, 2012
10:22 pm

Oscar:

I’ll take the word of the troops in the field over yours anyday.

At ease private, I’ll be in the company area all day.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

May 22nd, 2012
10:27 pm

…the point was the Afghan Army will NOT be able to hold their own.

And

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yet,

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after

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all

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these

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centuries,

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they

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remain

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undefeated.

JKL2

May 22nd, 2012
10:28 pm

kamchak- Has Romney commented on this yet? Headline: 911 Dispatcher Caught Snoring on the Job

I heard he’d been seen watching rachel madcow earlier…

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

May 22nd, 2012
10:30 pm

I heard he’d been seen watching rachel madcow earlier…

I heard that I’ll be winning the Oscar for best actor next year.

St Simons- island off the coast of New Somalia

May 22nd, 2012
10:40 pm

“No land wars in Asia” – Every General Everrrr

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

May 22nd, 2012
10:47 pm

Kammie:

Not
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Against
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Terrorist
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Countrymen !

They are fighting each other ……….. get it? And the terrorists will kick their a** when we leave just like the NVA kicked the South Vietnamese three years AFTER we left.

You civilan knuckleheads really amuse me.

But alsa, it’s time for TAPS !

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

May 22nd, 2012
10:47 pm

Excuse me: “alas”

getalife

May 22nd, 2012
10:51 pm

If the taliban run in their elections, they will win.

Nothing but cons live there.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

May 22nd, 2012
10:57 pm

Nothing but cons live there.

Evidently, according to our resident expert, there are Northern Afghan cons and Southern Afghan cons in perpetual conflict.

Maybe they’re conflicted over secession.

G Mare 71( got the living' the red state BLUES!)

May 22nd, 2012
11:09 pm

Yeah, Kam, that must be it. And hundreds of years of history must surely be wrong. And “Don’t call me Shirley!” :)

Oscar

May 22nd, 2012
11:55 pm

Never had a clue.

Jack

May 23rd, 2012
5:44 am

Iran is stalling. Nothing new there. Believing otherwise is pure fancy; or you’ve seen too many movies.

Jm

May 23rd, 2012
6:44 am

Rightwing Troll

May 23rd, 2012
6:44 am

I guess the prospect of Mittens winning forced them to the table…

GT

May 23rd, 2012
7:14 am

I am surprised the state of Georgia or the individual counties didn’t bargain with certain “liberal groups” to lift the beer embargo on Sunday. Maybe the intrusive government did and we just didn’t hear about it. They still have gambling as a bargaining chip. The problem is these churches are getting so radical they are blowing their cover as do gooders patrolling our communities.

What I think we do in this country is soften foreign countries with our standard of living and then yank it away as punishment when we need the control. We are like drug dealers. The sad thing is we are hooked on our own product and our greed can’t leave the embargo alone. It is like a man swearing off sex yet he has control of when to retire that decision.

I don’t think these countries were so weak as to having to have our blessing years ago or us so weak we had to give it. Vietnam as a trading partner may be the “m.o.” of our generation.

Rightwing Troll

May 23rd, 2012
7:14 am

Psssttt… watch this… wingnut heads are going to pop…

“Three changed their stories in ways that may damage Zimmerman. A fourth abandoned her initial story, that she saw one person chasing another. Now, she says, she saw a single figure running.”

stevie ray....Clowns to the Left of me Jokers to the Right...here I am...

May 23rd, 2012
7:22 am

Wow, theatre of the absurd news-wise…teacher in NC uses the all too familiar liberal shout-down on student for expressing anti Barry comments; NC pastor wants all gays in trenches surrounded by electrified fences, dude has 30 kids with 11 women all on minimum wage salary, Obama bashes Bain despite Bain DEM contributions exceeding those to GOP…not shortage of good stuff that Jay can work with…

Fred ™

May 23rd, 2012
7:27 am

Thanks Stevie Ray for the quick rundwon on Nealz Newz and the preview for the Boortz show. Comeback later after he tells programs you on what to say.

Oh and you left off the born in Kenya one, too crazy even for you? Naw, nothing that comes from your puppetmasters is to crazy for you, you just got so over loaded and filled your shorts with your glee that you forgot it………..

stevie ray....Clowns to the Left of me Jokers to the Right...here I am...

May 23rd, 2012
7:29 am

JAY,

Here’s a sign of the times from Wash Post..

With 61 percent of precincts reporting in Arkansas, Obama took 60 percent to 40 percent for Wolfe. In Kentucky, with nearly all precincts reporting, 42.1 percent of Democratic primary voters opted for “uncommitted” rather than backing the president, who received 57.9 percent.

Those results come two weeks to the day after Keith Judd, a convicted felon incarcerated in Texas, won 41 percent of the vote against Obama in the West Virginia primary.

Although the results haven’t stopped Obama’s march to renomination — he officially clinched the Democratic nod on April 3 — they remain an indicator of not-insignificant pockets of unrest within his party.

THAT’s funny I don’t care who you are…an inmate threatens President Trillions in WVA primary and 42% in KY uncommitted..of course Barry folks claim the race card…

stevie ray....Clowns to the Left of me Jokers to the Right...here I am...

May 23rd, 2012
7:33 am

FRED,

Good morning and thanks for your all too familiar judgments……classy. I can suggest a good cheese to go with your whine:-)….For the record, I split time between America Left and America Right…not a Boortz fan as you suggest…are these all Boortz talking points this morning? Do you attack everyone who disagrees with you?

The Conservative Fantasy History of Civil Rights

May 23rd, 2012
7:33 am

The civil rights movement, once a controversial left-wing fringe, has grown deeply embedded into the fabric of our national story. This is a salutary development, but a problematic one for conservatives, who are the direct political descendants of (and, in the case of some of the older members of the movement, the exact same people as) the strident opponents of the civil rights movement. It has thus become necessary for conservatives to craft an alternative story, one that absolves their own ideology of any guilt. The right has dutifully set itself to its task, circulating its convoluted version of history, honing it to the point where it can be repeated by any defensive College Republican in his dorm room. Kevin Williamson’s cover story in National Review is the latest version of what is rapidly congealing into conservatism’s revisionist dogma.

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/05/conservative-fantasy-history-of-civil-rights.html

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

May 23rd, 2012
7:39 am

Fred ™

May 23rd, 2012
7:39 am

Dear Stevie: Do you always respond with blanket and false accusations? What praytell have you “disagreed” with me on and where have I attacked you?

Yes I know it’s just coincidence that your first post is the talking points for Neal Boortz. Just as it is “coincidence” when someone introduces off topic what Neal was just talking about. It’s always “coincidence.” It’s even more coincidence that the order is the same. I understand……….

http://www.boortz.com/weblogs/nealz-nuze/

Thomas

May 23rd, 2012
7:40 am

It has thus become necessary for conservatives to craft an alternative story???

thanks much- some folks are too busy to read esoteric bs because they are busy helping their neighbor no matter their race

b/t/w what color is the sky in your world?

stevie ray....Clowns to the Left of me Jokers to the Right...here I am...

May 23rd, 2012
7:40 am

Conservative Fantasy,

I concur with your postion being familiar with the lunacy with which the GOP tends to interpret history. To be fair, I’m not certain the DEM’s aren’t guilty of same stuff. Here’s a fun endeavor, read Howard Zinn’s DEM tinged History of the US and then read its conservative counterparts…my head almost exploded. In the words of Mark Knopler…”two men say they are Jesus, one of them must be wrong..” Seems there are 3 sides to every story..

Fred ™

May 23rd, 2012
7:43 am

Waste of time Granny, they refuse to acknowledge their culpability in the debt problem. It doesn’t fit in with their pre-programmed lies.

It’s all Obama’s fault. He’s the ruiner of the US and by proxy the World. If he gets one more term all mothers nationwide will start giving birth to three headed babies with webbed feet. The sky is falling, the sky is falling………

Fred ™

May 23rd, 2012
7:46 am

Since we are quoting Mark Knopler how about a nod to all the patriots getting rich using chinese slave labor and forced child labor while keeping Americans out of work………..

Used to like to go to work but they shut it all down
I got a right to go to work, no work here to be found

JamVet

May 23rd, 2012
7:49 am

That 2nd 7:33 is excellent, and a point I make here regularly.

It is a disgraceful and embarrassing legacy that still lives very powerfully today and one that the Republicans run away from like a scalded dog.

OR mock themselves unwittingly as stevie ray did 7:29.

Either way, the racial animus runs so deep in today’s so-called conservatives, that it appears that it will take at least another generation or two for the disease to pass from these modern day Jim Crowers…