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Iran slaps away Obama's open hand

And appears to be flipping him, and Western powers, the bird:

Iran will hold a "large-scale military exercise" next month in order to prepare its forces to repel an offensive by the nation's enemies, government-funded Press TV reported, citing a top military official.

Brig. Gen. Ahmad-Reza Pourdastan, commander of Iran's ground forces, told a meeting of servicemen in Tehran Saturday the joint drill will be conducted by ground forces and some units of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps and aimed at improving "the force's defensive capabilities," Press TV said. The exercise will also "boost the region's security," he said.

"Both the United States and its close ally Israel have refused to rule out the possibility of a military attack" against Iran, Press TV reported. "Iran has not initiated a war with any country for more than a century."

The report did not provide specifics on when the military exercise would take place.

U.S. officials have said that time is running out for Iran to address international concerns regarding its nuclear program. And Israel has called Iran's nuclear program the major threat facing its nation.

Iran has said its uranium enrichment program is aimed at producing fuel for civilian power plants. But the United States and other countries have accused Tehran of working toward nuclear weapons.

Iran says it has a right to produce nuclear fuel under the 1968 Non-Proliferation Treaty, which bars member states from pursuing nuclear weapons and requires international inspectors to have access to nuclear facilities.

On Saturday, Iran's foreign minister issued an ultimatum to the West: Either renegotiate the United Nations-backed deal on Iran's nuclear program, or the Islamic republic will enrich nuclear fuel on its own.

Foreign Minister Manounchehr Mottaki said the West has until the end of January to accept the counter-deal proposed by Iran, though he didn't give details on Iran's offer, according to state media.

Mottaki's comments came two days after Iran failed to meet a year-end deadline to accept a deal offered in October by the "P5 plus one" -- permanent United Nations Security Council members Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, plus Germany. The six nations offered Iran a deal to send most of its low-enriched uranium abroad for conversion into fuel for a medical reactor in Tehran.

Let's go back to this April '09 Reuter's piece detailing Obama's Open Hand diplomacy:

Would you consider this change in foreign policy to be successful?

Or would you say that weakness has emboldened America's enemies?

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Comments (6)

So much for OBAMA peace pri... (Below threshold)
Flu-Bird:

So much for OBAMA peace prize he certianly didnt bring about peace and the peace prize commity should be sent to the spicemines of kessel

Apparently Obama didn't get... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Apparently Obama didn't get a lot of world history in that Madrassa that he attended as a child. Had it been otherwise he would have learned the lesson that appeasement of evil dictators doesn't work.

Of course I think part of the problem is that Obama prefers the President for life model of government and would like to have that here so he doesn't want to go around making his role models look bad.

Just some more of that "sma... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Just some more of that "smart diplomacy" that's gotten us squat this last year. Guess we can expect even more in the new year. I'm sure Barry actually believes that the Iranians are just around the corner from dropping their nuclear program. "Just one more" teleprompter speech should do it. (SIDE NOTE: Anyone else find Barry's speeches BORING? And what's with that same monotonous tone?)

Also have to wonder if those 'military maneuvers' are a result of the unrest at home. Sort of putting the protesters on notice.

Democrats, really 'experts' at what constitutes a 'stolen election'.

"Smart Diplomacy"W... (Below threshold)
jim m:

"Smart Diplomacy"

We've had lots of that like:

Cheap ass gifts to foreign leaders that could have been picked up from the discount bin at Walmart

Returning meaningful gifts to foreign nations

A "reset" button that actually said "Overload"

Forgetting what position Putin held in Russia and deciding that it must be Prime Minister (He's President)

Sending a letter to the former president of France telling him how much you look forward to working with him while turning down multiple requests to meet from the current president of that country.

Informing the Polish government that the US will abandon the missile shield on Sept 17, the 70th anniversary of the Russian invasion of eastern Poland.

Refusing to attend the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall after waiting more than 6 months to respond to the invitation.


Very "smart" diplomacy indeed.

Iran really wants nuclear w... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Iran really wants nuclear weapons. So I say give them some low-yield nukes right on top of the nuclear facilities they are building. My Iran strategy in a nutshell. Problem solved.

Maybe Obama should try FIST... (Below threshold)
Ted:

Maybe Obama should try FISTING Iran instead.
He could get some training from his buddy Kevin Jennings.




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