Thursday, July 17, 2008

Bush's decision to negotiate with Iran is a symbolic gesture but not necessarily a shift in US policy

Laura Rosen in the Guardian, here
"...What remains uncertain at this point is whether the move represents what Bush administration officials publicly insist – a one-time offer by Washington to demonstrate its willingness to negotiate only if Iran should agree to halt its uranium enrichment activities, or the beginnings of a greater flexibility and willingness by the Bush administration in its twilight months to engage in a more sustained diplomatic process toward Tehran – a process that is likely to be fraught with setbacks and delays, and short of easy breakthroughs..."

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