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Bill Clinton: U.S. should talk to Iran (maybe we could send Albright over?)
Associated Press ^ | 09/21/06

Posted on 09/21/2006 9:14:18 AM PDT by presidio9

Former President Clinton said Thursday the U.S. should try talking to Iran about its nuclear weapons ambitions without imposing a lot of conditions.

"If you think you might have trouble with somebody, and God forbid if you think it could lead to a military confrontation, then there needs to be the maximum amount of contact beforehand," Clinton said in an interview with NBC's "Today" show.

The Bush administration has refused to hold direct talks with Iran until it agrees to suspend enrichment of uranium, which the U.S. fears will be used to build nuclear weapons.

"The United States should not be afraid to talk to anyone. They should not be reluctant and shouldn't have too many conditions," said Clinton, who said his own offer to meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's predecessor had been rebuffed.

The U.S. and allies have offered Iran a package of incentives in return for its agreement to stop uranium enrichment. But Iran has given no definitive response and missed an Aug. 31 U.N. Security Council deadline to halt uranium enrichment, which Iran says is for generating electricity.

Iran and the United States have had no direct diplomatic relations since 1979. That's when Iranian students stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and held its occupants hostage for 444 days to protest Washington's refusal to hand over the toppled shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

President Bush and Ahmadinejad used separate appearances at the U.N. General Assembly in New York this week to spar over Tehran's nuclear program, but they avoided any personal contact.

In May, Ahmadinejad sent a letter seeking a debate with Bush, but it was laced with old grievances against America and included a long list of Iranian demands.

Clinton said although he would like to see more negotiation with Iran, Bush's reluctance to personally meet with Ahmadinejad was understandable.

"I think we should have some contacts with them," Clinton said. "I'm not sure the president is the place to start."

In an interview broadcast Thursday on National Public Radio, Clinton said, " ... I still believe that, based on all my Iranian friends in America, what they say is that the vast majority of Iranian citizens want to have good relationships with the United States and the West and do not want to be at odds."

"But they all believe basically that if any other country has a right to nuclear power, they do too, so we have to work through that and I, I hope we can do it in a peaceful way," he said.


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1 posted on 09/21/2006 9:14:19 AM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9

Iran should talk to the hand.....


2 posted on 09/21/2006 9:15:21 AM PDT by NRA1995 (Zarqawi died, liberals cried....)
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To: presidio9

Yeah, send her with an EXTRA LARGE bomb belt . More bang for the body .


3 posted on 09/21/2006 9:19:22 AM PDT by Renegade
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To: presidio9

You know, is there some sort of damn shadow government consisting of Clinton, Carter, Albright, Powell, Berger and the rest running the country that nobody told me about? No? Well then WHY IN THE HELL WON'T THEY SHUT THE F*(K UP ALREADY!?!?!


4 posted on 09/21/2006 9:20:38 AM PDT by steel_resolve (Do you know what a bigot is? Someone winning an argument with a liberal.)
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To: presidio9
Former President Clinton said Thursday the U.S. should try talking to Iran about its nuclear weapons ambitions without imposing a lot of conditions.

13 years after WTC 1 and this yutz still hasn't learned a thing about dealing with Islamo-fascists.

5 posted on 09/21/2006 9:25:41 AM PDT by Carling (It's Danny, Sir)
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To: presidio9

This is perfect. It is an exquisite example of Clinton politics. Here's its slogan: "Talk is precious, action is cheap." Perfect.


6 posted on 09/21/2006 9:37:17 AM PDT by RexBeach (Will Rogers Never Met Bill Clinton.)
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To: presidio9

The same way Clinton and Alnotsobright talked to N. Korea who wound up with nukes shortly thereafter. F%*king traitors.


7 posted on 09/21/2006 9:37:45 AM PDT by hiramknight (going to war without France is like going hunting without an accordian...Schwarpskoff)
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To: presidio9

The impeached, disgraced, philandering former super-governor/husband & father of the year, 1999, elaborated by saying, "Ah've already got my rap! `Ah know where you're comin' from, it's a tough place, ah feel your pain and can relate, we need to adopt goals rather than positions, ah won't move your cheeze, ah promise, can't we all jus' get along?' Somethin' like that, you know?
And ah got mah onion in mah pocket in case tears are needed, know what ah'm sayin'?"


8 posted on 09/21/2006 9:49:49 AM PDT by tumblindice (All ah am saying, is get me a piece...that Lenin, ah sho do love his dead a**. So does the old ball-)
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To: presidio9

"Clinton said, " ... I still believe that, based on all my Iranian friends in America"


Name one of those "friends" Mr. Clinton! Why should we believe a word you say!


9 posted on 09/21/2006 9:52:48 AM PDT by CarolinaGOP ("Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: presidio9

Jimmy Carter is our man. Send him over, they already know him.


10 posted on 09/21/2006 9:54:15 AM PDT by sport
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To: presidio9

Typical Clinton - not a shred of substance in anything he said.


11 posted on 09/21/2006 9:59:35 AM PDT by American in Singapore (Bill Clinton: The Human Stain)
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To: presidio9
Former President Clinton said Thursday the U.S. should try talking to Iran about its nuclear weapons ambitions without imposing a lot of conditions.

Now why didn't we think of that in the first place? Yeah, that'll work.

I mean, it worked on Hitler, didn't it?

Um, I mean....it worked on Stalin, didn't it?

Um, I mean....it worked on Hirohito, didn't it?

Um, I mean...it worked on Saddam Hussein, didn't it?

Um, I mean...it worked on the Taliban, didn't it?

Um, I mean...it worked on Osama bin Laden, didn't it?

Um, I mean.....

12 posted on 09/21/2006 10:02:18 AM PDT by lowbridge (I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather. Not screaming, like his passengers.)
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13 posted on 09/21/2006 10:02:59 AM PDT by Gritty (No amount of script rewrites changes the fact al-Qaida rose and flourished on Clinton's watch-IBD)
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To: sport
Jimmy Carter is our man. Send him over...

With a sign around his neck that reads: "CIA Agent"

14 posted on 09/21/2006 10:03:39 AM PDT by lowbridge (I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather. Not screaming, like his passengers.)
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To: presidio9

Bill Clinton is a classless pig who has pi$$ed all over the tradition of not commenting on the next president, policy, etc.

Why have Bush and his father not given him the cold shoulder?, especially considering they are so big on protocol, propriety, etc.

All they do is enable him further to stab them in the back, stab his country in the back, and install "The Second Coming" (add your gratuitous double entendre here)in the White House.


15 posted on 09/21/2006 10:11:50 AM PDT by word_warrior_bob
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To: word_warrior_bob
Bill Clinton is a classless pig who has pi$$ed all over the tradition of not commenting on the next president, policy

Actually, Jimmy Carter took care of that 20 years ago.

16 posted on 09/21/2006 10:12:57 AM PDT by presidio9 (Make Mohammed's day: Shoot a nun in the back.)
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To: potlatch; sport



17 posted on 09/21/2006 10:13:46 AM PDT by devolve
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To: word_warrior_bob
Bill Clinton is a classless pig

Why must you insult classless pigs like that?

18 posted on 09/21/2006 10:16:57 AM PDT by lowbridge (I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather. Not screaming, like his passengers.)
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To: presidio9
Why not send Kerry? He's made outstanding (using the "other" sense of that word) promises to Iran to give them nuclear fuel and to deal with them as democrats dealt with North Korea in 1994. Ahmanutjob would find real progress in that, I'm sure!

Story here.

HF

19 posted on 09/21/2006 10:20:24 AM PDT by holden (holden on'a'na truth, de whole truth, 'n nuttin' but de truth)
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To: devolve

I wonder if Jimmy Carter has a complex/hatred for American and its people for rejecting him so soundly in 1980.

It seems there is no enemy of American that he can't side with.

He is either a traitor or a committed marxist, or both.


20 posted on 09/21/2006 10:22:09 AM PDT by word_warrior_bob
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To: lowbridge

My apologies to classless pigs everywhere, I should think before I type.


21 posted on 09/21/2006 10:23:39 AM PDT by word_warrior_bob
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To: presidio9

Send Clinton, they could have a great big lying contest.


22 posted on 09/21/2006 10:30:34 AM PDT by crashthe24
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To: NRA1995
"I think we should have some contacts with them," Clinton said.

This guy likes contacts the most... See.. Monica Lewinsky's contact that made him so smart.
23 posted on 09/21/2006 10:35:06 AM PDT by SeeSalt
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To: presidio9
Sure we can talk. The conversation can go something like this:

"There...is...no...way...we...will...allow...you...whack...jobs...to...obtain...nuclear...weapons."

24 posted on 09/21/2006 11:54:41 AM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Democrats. French, but more cowardly.)
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To: devolve

25 posted on 09/21/2006 11:56:40 AM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: presidio9

" I ... I ... I ... "


26 posted on 09/21/2006 11:58:10 AM PDT by maggief
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

Yeah send Halfbright,, Photo ops and champagne toasts should take care of the problem /s


27 posted on 09/21/2006 11:59:04 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: presidio9
If Bill Clinton can't say anything nice about W's foreign policy he should keep his mouth shut. It's like listening to Charlie Manson lecture on how to treat people.
28 posted on 09/21/2006 11:59:39 AM PDT by jackieaxe (Unsourced reporting is not reporting but a lie or a manipulation)
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To: presidio9

I think we should talk to them about nuclear weapons too.

We should say, "You want nuclear weapons? Well, here's a few. Make sure you have your lead underpants on!!"


29 posted on 09/21/2006 12:02:03 PM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis, Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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Send Jimmy Carter. After all, he is a Founding Father of the Islamic Republic.
30 posted on 09/21/2006 12:04:01 PM PDT by Ditto
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So what did you do in the eight years you were in the White House Billy Boy?


31 posted on 09/21/2006 12:04:59 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: potlatch


Diablo Dork


32 posted on 09/21/2006 2:24:30 PM PDT by devolve
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To: devolve

You have a 'way' with words...


33 posted on 09/21/2006 2:26:50 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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