Facing Obama, Iran Suddenly Hedges on Talks

You don’t say…. From the Washington Post: Facing Obama, Iran Suddenly Hedges on Talks.

Since 2006, Iran’s leaders have called for direct, unconditional talks with the United States to resolve international concerns over their nuclear program. But as an American administration open to such negotiations prepares to take power, Iran’s political and military leaders are sounding suddenly wary of President-elect Barack Obama.

“People who put on a mask of friendship, but with the objective of betrayal, and who enter from the angle of negotiations without preconditions, are more dangerous,” Hossein Taeb, deputy commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, said Wednesday, according to the semiofficial Mehr News Agency.

“The power holders in the new American government are trying to regain their lost influence with a tactical change in their foreign diplomacy. They are shifting from a hard conflict to a soft attack,” Taeb said.

Just in case it escaped anyone, our enemies still hate us and our European allies still insist on non-combat military roles in Afghanistan.

Obama’s expressed desires to talk more and drop big sticks as incentives are interpreted as weakness, not benevolence. His willingness to talk means to Iran a willingness to bend, and they are now playing the game by the new perceived rules.

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