What the next American president must do?

AmirAshkan Pishroo
by AmirAshkan Pishroo

The Americans and the Iranians have crucial interests at stake on a variety of strategic issues in the region, and neither is capable of going alone by imposing its will on the other.

This is a good thing because while Iran cannot have a Pax-Persiana in the Persian Gulf, America can no longer ignore Iran as a major power in the region, and it must recognize that Iran has legitimate interests.

The next American president must offer Iran direct talks without preconditions, including the prospect of formal diplomatic relations and the lifting of sanctions; the prospect of new security institutions in the region in consultation with Iran.

Greater contact between Iranian and American societies will encourage democratization inside Iran. If the Cold War could end without compromising our commitment to democracy and human rights, without a bang, so can the US-Iranian contest.


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Mehdi Mazloom

Sassan K - enough

by Mehdi Mazloom on

Iran's enemy since the CIA and MI6 engineered the overthrow of Mosaddeq.

For god sake, that was more then 55 years ago. How longer Iranian keep reminding this to the rest of the world. This excuse is getting stale by the day.


programmer craig


by programmer craig on

If the IRI genuinely wants to be considered a civilized and trustworthy government by the rest of the world, they would have no problem whatsover with doing that. So, we'll see right? We'll see if it's just a bunch of hot air or ir the IRI really wnats to med fences. Right?

programmer craig

Only if

by programmer craig on

The next American president must offer Iran direct talks without
preconditions, including the prospect of formal diplomatic relations
and the lifting of sanctions;

Only if the Iranians who seized the US embassy in 1979 and held American diplomats hostaed for over a year are extradited to the US to stand trial for kidnapping and terrorism. The US cannot and must not act as if that horrific incident never happened.


If this survies the censor ..

by Free Thinker (not verified) on

I wanted to make a few points:

Sassan K,

You obviously do not believe in the democratic processes that have been in place in Europe and Northern America for a number of centuries. If you did, you would not separate Government from the people who "elect" - I know it sounds such a strange concept to you but yes people in the West, do "elect" their governments. Therefore, majority of the US and UK people are one and the same with their governemts and your suggestion is meaningless.


You are sound like closet NIAC or CASMII activist and so please replace your avatar X by a more suitable one which looks like this:

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Looks familiar?

That's it :o))

Farhad Kashani

Next U.S president's top

by Farhad Kashani on

Next U.S president's top priority should be confronting the biggest inspirer and supporter of Islamic Fundamentalism, the fascist regime in Tehran. He shouldn't bomb Iran or invade Iran or kill any innocent Iranian, but he should make sure to assist Iranians in removing the barabric regime.

Just as other people living under tyranny like Chinese, Sudanese, N Koreans, Myanmar, Zimbabwe, and others get International community's help, we need to get that help too.


U.S. was Iran's enemy before IRI and will be its enemy after IRI

by Sassan K (not verified) on

The U.S. government, but NOT the American people, has been Iran's enemy since the CIA and MI6 engineered the overthrow of Mosaddeq. The U.S. government is the enemy of all people in the Third World, from the millions of Vietnamese that its military killed directly to the millions of Indonesians, Guatemalans, Salvadorans, Chileans, Nicaraguans, Argentinians, Zaireans, etc that have been murdered by dictators brought to power, armed, supported, and trained by the U.S. government. Even after the IRI goes, the U.S. government will be the enemy of the Iranian people.


Decades or centuries?

by Matter of time question (not verified) on

Dear Mehdi

The question is just that ... how long? years, decades, centuries? by then there might be nothing left of Iran to be salvaged under these mullahs.

Iranian people inside, except for a very very few, are so helpless, so clueless and so ignorant about the extent of devastation that's being done to their country by those rag heads.

Mehdi Mazloom

Dialong between People

by Mehdi Mazloom on

Establishing a fruitful and constructive dialog between the people of Iran & US (or any other nations for that matter), is definitely possible. But NOT with the Mullahs.

It is just a matter of time before this regime is shown the door to neverland. After that, dialog will come.


Amirashkan: How old are

by what??? (not verified) on

Amirashkan: How old are you?? You sound very childish and silly as if this is competition for being the number one bully in the region. Is that what you call progressive.

Do you really think Iran and US are equals?? and the US is afraid of Iran??? You have let the IRI lies and boasting go to your head.


Regardless ... what will mullahs give the U.S.?

by Gullible (not verified) on

Regardless of what you and your ilk might think of the U.S., it is pretty lame, stupid, and retarded, excuse the expression, to think that U.S. would just abdide by mullahs'demands and give them anything they want without demanding anything in return and making sure that they follow their deeds with action.

Maybe to you and your ilk Iran has small issues but to Americans, mullahs' direct and indirect support for international terrorism has been major issue for the last 30 years.

Are they going to stop what they have been doing for the last 30 years or as they say in Farsi, tobeh gorg margeh?!


Don't Wonder

by farokh2000 on

It is the U.S. that is butting in everyone's internal business not Iran.

It is U.S that has invaded other innocent people and taken their Countries, not Iran.

I ran has not started any wars in more than 200 years.

It is U.S. that has ruined it's image around the World and is reponsible for more than 8 Million deaths of innocent human beings since WWII. They are the ones that need fixing. Compared to them, Iran has small issues. Just to get rid of Mullahs, who are the creation of the West to begin with, that is all.


What will Iran offer?

by Inquiring minds (not verified) on

FYI, Iran and the U.S. have been engaged in talks unofficially for the last 30 years. Talks for the sake of talks will not solve anything.

It would be foolish to assume that Americans will lift sanctions and reestablish full diplomatic relations without demanding anything in return from Iran.

Are mullahs willing to give up Hamas and Hizbullah and recognize Israel once and for all? Are they willing to stop their direct and indirect support for international terrorism and follow international norms of behavior?


Iranian way of Only GETTING and no GIVING

by I wonder (not verified) on

I read here everybody constantly talking about what American President must do and what Americans in general must offer Iran but nobody talks about what Iran must do and must offer Americans. What would Iran offer?