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    John Kerry: U.S. Open To Cooperating With Iran Over Iraq Conflict

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Obama administration is willing to talk with Iran over deteriorating security conditions in Iraq and is not ruling out potential U.S.-Iranian military cooperation in stemming the advance of Sunni extremists, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday.Kerry also said in an interview with Yahoo! News that U.S. drone strikes "may well" be an option.
    Kerry said Washington is "open to discussions" with Tehran if the Iranians can help end the violence and restore confidence in the Iraqi government. Asked about possible military cooperation with Iran, Kerry said he would "not rule out anything that would be constructive." However, he stressed that any contacts with Iran would move "step-by-step."
    U.S. officials said earlier there is a possibility that Undersecretary of State William Burns may discuss Iraq with an Iranian delegation at nuclear talks in Vienna.


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    Re: John Kerry: U.S. Open To Cooperating With Iran Over Iraq Conflict

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    The comments I have been reading in the international media have certainly been anything but wholly positive. But that would be to be expected. It will need explaining, if the populations of various allies are to swallow it without the US losing even more trust. It will also be interesting to hear, what the House of Saud thinks about this.

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    Re: John Kerry: U.S. Open To Cooperating With Iran Over Iraq Conflict

    Before John Kerry can do any talking Iran has already sent 2000 troops into Iraq.

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    Re: John Kerry: U.S. Open To Cooperating With Iran Over Iraq Conflict

    Quote Originally Posted by RDS View Post
    Before John Kerry can do any talking Iran has already sent 2000 troops into Iraq.
    I recall a saying which said it is considered rude to interupt someone who is making a mistake.

    I think Iran is in the middle of making a mistake and we should consider allowing them to spend resources trying to fix a mess of their own making.
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    Re: John Kerry: U.S. Open To Cooperating With Iran Over Iraq Conflict

    The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

    The problem is that this conflict is 700+ years old and wont be solved by taking sides, regardless of how brutal and disgusting ISIS is. What is really needed is for the religious leaders of both sides to sit down in a locked room and figure their religious differences out... only then will the problems go away.
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    Re: John Kerry: U.S. Open To Cooperating With Iran Over Iraq Conflict

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Great. Just great. Now we're going to take sides in the sectarian fight between Shiites and Sunnis. Just great. That will turn out real well I'm sure.

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    Re: John Kerry: U.S. Open To Cooperating With Iran Over Iraq Conflict

    Quote Originally Posted by Beaudreaux View Post
    Great. Just great. Now we're going to take sides in the sectarian fight between Shiites and Sunnis. Just great. That will turn out real well I'm sure.
    We could always side with the Kurds. You know, the only ones in iraq who managed to govern effectively.
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    Re: John Kerry: U.S. Open To Cooperating With Iran Over Iraq Conflict

    We've been reduced to asking Iran, which wants us eliminated from existence, to solve our problems for us.

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    Re: John Kerry: U.S. Open To Cooperating With Iran Over Iraq Conflict

    Quote Originally Posted by Beaudreaux View Post
    Great. Just great. Now we're going to take sides in the sectarian fight between Shiites and Sunnis. Just great. That will turn out real well I'm sure.
    Agreed. We should know by now that there is no way we can cure a religious conflict.
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    Re: John Kerry: U.S. Open To Cooperating With Iran Over Iraq Conflict

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    We could always side with the Kurds. You know, the only ones in iraq who managed to govern effectively.
    Hell yes. Although the Turks would be pissed about that.

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