“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.
Mornin' DS. Well I am all for chippin away from those Presidential Powers. No matter who is sitting in there. But then I also look at why create more laws when we already have one that is in place.
Once again.....they use the term Moderate for this Iranian. So far our people haven't been so keen on as to what that Moderation exactly is.
I see no reason not to reach out to him to "test" him. There may be some areas where improvement in relations could be possible. But my expectations are low overall. First, he is a product of a state that retains a revolutionary ideology that runs counter to American interests and allies. Second, Iran is seeking regional hegemony. Third, Ayatollah Khamenei wields the real power and that would limit any big changes in direction. Iran should be judged by its actions, not its softer rhetoric. To date, its actions remain largely unchanged and the progress to date in the nuclear talks is mostly a matter of process. There is no concrete agreement to limit or end Iran's enrichment activities, much less for it to eliminate its enriched nuclear material. No breakthroughs on that front appear imminent.
Rather than accepting what he did.
I have seen various interviews with Carter and other senior former leading US politicians who agree that supporting the Shah was wrong.
And I think the British government is even willing to appologise to a friendlier Iran for their role in bringing the Shah to power.
On one hand, we have a diplomat who was indirectly involved with a hostage situation that ended bloodlessly 35 years ago. On the other, we have nuclear proliferation right now that could cause an arms race in the entire region. Our political leadership have analyzed the situation and realized that because Argo was a box office hit, undermining the nuclear deal to whip up some faux outrage will get them some votes. Preventing a nuclear arms race in the middle east may be vital to U.S. interests, but unfortunately effective foreign policy is too complicated to condense into a motivating sound byte come election season.
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I find the choice of a diplomat on the part of Iran to be humorous. I don't consider the diplomat or what he did humorous. I just think it is a creative way for Iran to mess with one of its enemies. But I do appreciate the congress spending their time on this issue. At least it keeps them away from spending more of my money.