Alison Raphael reports on a bill sponsored by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee that aims to establish high-level, direct, unconditional and bilateral negotiations with Iran. Jackson Lee was joined by Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Ron Paul at the “Time to Talk to Iran” outdoor event that featured 1960’s style red “hotline” telephones which enabled visitors to talk to speak with ordinary citizens from Iran. The event was sponsored by the group Campaign for a New American Policy on Iran (CNAPI).
In response to what it sees as Iranian meddling, according to CNAPI, current U.S. policy toward Iran is to “publicly threaten and insult Iran, while taking provocative actions such as adopting a policy of regime change, attempting to increase unilateral sanctions, deploying additional military assets in the region, and arresting Iranian representatives in Iraq.”
Iran, meanwhile, is concerned about Bush administration efforts to extend the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq beyond the current end-2008 UN mandate.
Irancove @ June 12, 2008