Saturday, January 24, 2009

"Take Up Iran on Its Al Qaida Offer"

Hillary Mann Leverett, at TWN, here
"...Instead of working to establish a framework within which Tehran could have made Al Qaida operatives detained in Iran available to U.S. interrogators -- as our Iranian interlocutors requested -- the Bush Administration insisted that Iran detain and deport all the Al Qaida figures we believed might be in Iran, without any assistance from or reciprocal understandings with the United States. (From the Bush Administration's perspective, this was meant to be a "test" of Iranian intentions.) In the end, it was the Bush Administration, not Iran, that rebuffed a deal which would have given us access to important Al Qaida operatives--including, possibly, Saad bin Ladin..."


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