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Ahmedinejad Visits Latin America, Washington Implores and Seethes ^ | 11/01/2012 | John Daly

Posted on 01/11/2012 11:40:16 AM PST by bananaman22

At the best of times, the U.S. government is regarded as somewhat out of touch with what’s happening in the American “heartland,” much less the world at large, so much so that the phrase “inside the Beltway” was coined to define the syndrome.

But every now and again, an incident occurs that so perfectly encapsulates Washington’s self-absorbed navel gazing that little further comment is needed.

On 9 January U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland provided such a “Kodak moment” to the Washington press corps.

The object of her concern? Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad’s visit to Latin America, where he is touring Venezuela, Cuba, Ecuador and Nicaragua.

Nuland said that, because of its civilian nuclear energy program, which both Washington and Tel Aviv believe masks a covert nuclear program despite persistent denials by Tehran, Iran should have no friends and that "We are making absolutely clear to countries around the world that now is not the time to be deepening ties, not security ties, not economic ties, with Iran."

During a regularly scheduled State Department press briefing Nuland gravely observed that Iran had "obviously carefully" chosen the four countries but "We are, meanwhile, calling on all of these countries to do what they can to impress upon the Iranian regime that the course that it's on in its nuclear dialogue with the international community is the wrong one. And, frankly, we think it's in the interest of all countries, including the countries that he (Ahmadinejad) is visiting in Latin America, that Iran proves the peaceful intent of its nuclear program to the world."

The view from Caracas? Full article at: Ahmedinejad Visits Latin America, Washington Implores and Seethes

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: iran; latinamerica; usgovernment; venezuela

1 posted on 01/11/2012 11:40:27 AM PST by bananaman22
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The State Dept has too many flunkies.

2 posted on 01/11/2012 12:02:14 PM PST by kenavi (1% of the 1% were born in the 1%.)
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