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Jim Lobe on Detente

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Jim Lobe has a great post summarizing the possible easing of tensions with Iran starting with the release of some Iranians detained by the US military.  Lobe notes on the disparity between Bush/Cheney and others like Senators Hagel, Dodd, Biden—and Centcom commander Adm. William Fallon who “made it abundantly clear that he strongly opposes a military attack on Iran, had responded favourably to Hagel’s letter to Bush.”

What makes this latest development so intriguing, of course, is that it comes on the heels of a sharp rise in the administration’s rhetoric against Iran, beginning with Bush’s reference two and a half weeks ago to “World War III” if Tehran acquires the knowledge necessary to build a nuclear weapon, followed by Dick Cheney’s extraordinary bellicose speech to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) October 21 in which warned of “serious consequences” if Iran did not freeze its nuclear program and accused it of “direct involvement in the killings of Americans.” This was followed, of course, by the imposition of sweeping and unprecedented sanctions against Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) which was accused of promoting terrorism in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East and proliferating weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

Irancove @ November 10, 2007

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