A Green squeeze on Iran
washingtonpost.com / Ray Takeyh
13-Nov-2010 (one comment)

In an all-too familiar ritual, the United States and Iran are once more contemplating their diplomatic dance. The question that has perennially bedeviled Washington and its allies is how to compel the theocratic regime in Tehran to alter its objectionable practices. As a rational and pragmatic democracy, the United States perceives that economic pressure will compel Iran's leaders to yield on strategic priorities in order to relieve financial distress. The Islamic Republic has its vulnerabilities; however, too narrow a focus on its economic deficiencies has obscured its manifest political weaknesses. An insistence on human rights and the empowerment of the Green Movement can pave the way for Iran's transition to a more tolerant society and provide the West an indispensable lever for tempering the mullahs' nuclear ambitions.

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Sargord Pirouz

How many times has Ray been

by Sargord Pirouz on

How many times has Ray been totally wrong in the last 18 months? Even the USG recognized this guy is as unreliable as you can possibly get as an Iranian-American analyst.

But by all means, Darius, link to his nonsense. It's called grasping for straws. And you people have been grasping now for over 30 years, so why stop now?