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Obama Reiterates Policy of Engagement With Iran
New York Times ^ | January 11, 2009 | Brian Knowlton

Posted on 01/11/2009 1:38:10 PM PST by reaganaut1

WASHINGTON — After focusing on the ailing economy, President-elect Barack Obama stepped into some of the hottest foreign policy issues this weekend, confirming a clear policy of engagement with Iran, vowing to press immediately for Middle East peace and saying flatly that “we are going to close Guantanamo.”

Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” Mr. Obama reiterated his intention to work directly with Iran — a country whose president has called for Israel’s destruction — to improve relations and halt a nuclear program that Tehran describes as peaceful but which the West believes is not.

But he added that Iran would be “one of our biggest challenges,” and one that required fresh thinking.

“We are going to have to take a new approach,” he said to the program host, George Stephanopoulos. “My belief is that engagement is the place to start.”

Mr. Obama said he wanted to adopt “a new emphasis on respect and a new willingness on being willing to talk” to the Iranians, while making it clear “that we also have certain expectations.”

The talk of a message of respect suggested a clear departure from the often pointed and deprecatory rhetoric that has prevailed between President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and President Bush, even though he has consistently differentiated between his feelings about Iran’s leader and that country’s people.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: agenda; bho2008; bhoiran; bhomiddleeast; geopolitics; iran; obama

1 posted on 01/11/2009 1:38:10 PM PST by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

Barry the rookie is going to work magic with Iran?


2 posted on 01/11/2009 1:41:41 PM PST by sarasota
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To: reaganaut1

I am stunned at the ignorance the President-Select and his supporters. What is the significance and benefit to the US and its protection by closing Guantanomo?


3 posted on 01/11/2009 1:42:13 PM PST by Blue Turtle (I)
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To: reaganaut1

ah..he gets to pick and choose when there is one president..


4 posted on 01/11/2009 1:42:16 PM PST by stylin19a ( Real Men don't declare unplayable lies)
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To: reaganaut1
Here is the most likely outcome of the Obamanations re-engagement with Iran ...


5 posted on 01/11/2009 1:42:24 PM PST by clamper1797 (I pledge to give the Obamanation the same level of support that the liberals gave GWB)
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To: reaganaut1
President-elect Barack Obama stepped into some of the hottest foreign policy issues this weekend, confirming a clear policy of engagement with Iran, vowing to press immediately for Middle East peace and saying flatly that “we are going to close Guantanamo.”

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6 posted on 01/11/2009 1:42:48 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: sarasota

Barry the rookie is going to get played like a fiddle by the snakes in IRAN. ALL of will suffer because of “The One’s” stupidity!


7 posted on 01/11/2009 1:45:37 PM PST by WellyP
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To: Seaplaner

We better get our underground bunkers ready, once Obama is done making buddy buddy with all the terrorists we might be attacked everyday


8 posted on 01/11/2009 1:46:13 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: reaganaut1
Jimmy Carter was the first to have that dialogue, and he gave the Islamo-Fascist Khomeni mullahs full control over Iran. Even though Iran is Persian, and the mullahs are Islamo-Fascists, I doubt Carter knew the difference.

Maybe Odummer will give Iran one of our nukes to use, that way they won't have to waste all that time and money on building their own. Hey don't laugh, he is dumb enough to do that.

Iran last week set preconditions to talk with Obama, they want all USA troops out of the Middle East before talking.

9 posted on 01/11/2009 1:47:04 PM PST by Tarpon (America's first principles, freedom, liberty, market economy and self-reliance will never fail.)
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To: Blue Turtle

He wants people to love us again. As if...

He’s not grown beyond the point where you realize some folks will never like you, no matter what you do.


10 posted on 01/11/2009 1:48:12 PM PST by DoughtyOne (I see that Kenya's favorite son has a new weekly Saturday morning radio show.)
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To: reaganaut1

Iran = ‘biggest challenges’

Economy = ‘biggest challenges’

Closing Gitmo = ‘biggest challenges’

Is it me or is everything with Obama “biggest challenges”?

He’s in over his head and he knows it ...


11 posted on 01/11/2009 1:50:02 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: reaganaut1

This “magic negro”, is inviting the war on terror to come to U.S. shores.
This dumb ass punk hoodlum from Chicago is going to get a whole lot of us killed here on our own soil.
These enemies will see him as weak and attack.


12 posted on 01/11/2009 1:52:43 PM PST by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: reaganaut1
Just one problem.....before Iran will talk to the USA, they have preconditions.....

1. No American troops in the Middle East.

2. No more American support for Israel.

Nice going, Barry!

13 posted on 01/11/2009 1:52:43 PM PST by Churchillspirit
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To: Blue Turtle

I think that should be “Prefident-Select!” From Online Dictionary:

“Prefident

Pref”i*dent\, a. [Cf. L. praefidens overconfident. “


14 posted on 01/11/2009 1:52:45 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing! I'm a doctor, and I won't touch that thing!)
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To: sarasota

“Barry the rookie is going to work magic with Iran?”

He obviously doesn’t know that Iran quit talking in 1979.

Yep, this putz is SO naive that he thinks a 60’s style “love in” will fix everything.


15 posted on 01/11/2009 1:54:47 PM PST by EEDUDE
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To: All

Obama is setting himself up to be a one-term President...obviously clueless on dealing with Islamic Terrorist States.

I would chide him more on closing Guantanamo....but Juan McAmnesty wanted to close it, too....so we were going to get a terrorist-sympathsizer regardless


16 posted on 01/11/2009 1:56:44 PM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (Bail Me Out, Amadeus)
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To: reaganaut1

Within 6 months, obama will declare “Peace in Our Time.” WWIII will break out within 6 months of that.

Obama is a moron.


17 posted on 01/11/2009 1:58:25 PM PST by piytar (Atlas is Shrugging. I am Atlas.)
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To: Joe Boucher

“This “magic negro”, is inviting the war on terror to come to U.S. shores.
This dumb ass punk hoodlum from Chicago is going to get a whole lot of us killed here on our own soil.
These enemies will see him as weak and attack.”

If he had even been in the military, he would have been fragged.


18 posted on 01/11/2009 1:58:57 PM PST by dbacks (God help the USA.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

“We better get our underground bunkers ready, once Obama is done making buddy buddy with all the terrorists we might be attacked everyday”

Nope. Once 0bambi is done, the terrorists will not attack their new country.

Q: How do you keep terrorists from attacking your interests?
A: Don’t have any interests.

Q: How do you keep terrorists from attacking your country?
A: Change “my” to “the”: all the world, ONE big happy country. Call it PIELAND.


19 posted on 01/11/2009 2:00:26 PM PST by shoutingandpointing (Just say, "nn-nn-NO!" to Campbell's soup.)
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To: WellyP
"Barry the rookie is going to get played like a fiddle"

Nah, we are the fiddle, he is the bow. Why would Iran destroy a man who is poised to destroy the USA?


20 posted on 01/11/2009 2:04:02 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: dbacks

Punk like him would have been a Jag officer and would never of gone out of the eastern seaboard.
I’ve met hundreds of them I’d like to have walk the plank in the middle of the Pacific.
I use to work at the pentagon whilst in the Army.
After two years I went to mil. personnel and asked to get the hell out of the puzzle palace. 70,000 plus Bozos and ten folks actually working.


21 posted on 01/11/2009 2:09:02 PM PST by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: I see my hands

Let’s not all go off the deep end. He still sleeps with the testosterone in the family and a wrong move could get him Jesse-Jacksoned.


22 posted on 01/11/2009 2:10:32 PM PST by yorkie01
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To: dbacks

>>If he had even been in the military, he would have been fragged.<<

He’s worse than a 2nd Lt. trying to command a Brigade.


23 posted on 01/11/2009 2:12:18 PM PST by unkus
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To: unkus

0Bamaramadingdong farted!
Halleluja!!! Rejoyce!!!
0bamagasm or Barrygasm or Husseingasm or ???


24 posted on 01/11/2009 2:15:43 PM PST by Leo Carpathian (fffffFRrrreeeeepppeeee!)
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To: Leo Carpathian

Why are New York Slimes not out of business and arrested for treason, Huuuuh!!!!


25 posted on 01/11/2009 2:19:54 PM PST by Leo Carpathian (fffffFRrrreeeeepppeeee!)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior
Obama is setting himself up to be a one-term President...obviously clueless on dealing with Islamic Terrorist States.

He's clueless on all fronts.

One term at most. He runs on pure ego. That ego is one hungry little animal and it feeds nonstop on the idolotry of his worshipers. Job hung in there because he was a true Believer and his was the One true and just God of the Faithful. Zero is not a god or a savior, and his followers are not faithful; they're hopeful. BIG difference. Faith is planting a seed and believing it will grow. Hope is wishing someone would bring you a plant.

His own will turn on him from the gate when the pretty horse on which they wagered everything fails to deliver on the promise. Midterms are going to be a disaster for this congress and they know it. Bambi promised change? Wait until the day after the election.

The question is whether they admit to themselves that they've created a monster in this guy and are willing to go toe to toe with him. They have nothing to lose by doing so. Congressfolk make lifelong careers of DC; Presidents have 4 or 8 year temporary jobs. If they rein him in, they score points with the people and maybe save themselves. If not, everybody loses.

26 posted on 01/11/2009 2:26:52 PM PST by shoutingandpointing (Just say, "nn-nn-NO!" to Campbell's soup.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

“Prefident”

Actually, as applies to Barry the Rookie, proper title should be “’Present’ Elect”


27 posted on 01/11/2009 2:45:13 PM PST by ScottinVA (All I needed to know about islam I learned on 9-11.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

“Prefident”

Actually, as applies to Barry the Rookie, proper title should be “’Present’ Elect”


28 posted on 01/11/2009 2:45:17 PM PST by ScottinVA (All I needed to know about islam I learned on 9-11.)
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To: shoutingandpointing

“Faith is planting a seed and believing it will grow. Hope is wishing someone would bring you a plant.”

Spot on. Great analogy!


29 posted on 01/11/2009 2:46:35 PM PST by ScottinVA (All I needed to know about islam I learned on 9-11.)
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To: shoutingandpointing

Congress got re-elected with just a 9% approval rating.

How is that possible? 91% disapprove of congress but sustained the Democrat majority?

We have a severe disconnect of reality. I’m not sure the press will let their guy or his congress go down the tubes.


30 posted on 01/11/2009 2:46:43 PM PST by Sundog (Atlas Shrugged needs to be required reading . . . Which character are you?)
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To: reaganaut1

I would like Obama to achieve peace, love and understanding with the fanatical, angry maniacs of the cult of death, but I think their hate is just too much for that to happen. And they hate Obama too.


31 posted on 01/11/2009 2:48:02 PM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (liberalism = serious mental deficiency)
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To: Sundog

I am with you there. I am my boss but I would have CANNED my sorry underperforming—make that NOT PERFORMING AT ALL—behind when my “approval” (we call that “productivity” where I work) rating hit 95% and I suspect—HOPE—my employees would have staged an insurrection before that.

9%? Huh? That’s like getting two rolls of pennies from the bank and finding out that 91 of them are slugs.

NO NO NO NO NO! It’s WORSE than THAT!

Re-electing “EMPLOYEES” who have a 9% approval/productivity rating is like walking into the bank and ASKING for 91 slugs and 9 pennies in exchange for your dollar, and then watching as the teller counts them out and slides them across the counter to you, and THEN saying, “GEEEEEEEEEE! THANKS!”

DUCTAPEDUCTAPEDUCTAPEDUCTAPEDUCTAPEDUCTAPEDUCTAPEDUCTAPE


32 posted on 01/11/2009 2:59:16 PM PST by shoutingandpointing (Just say, "nn-nn-NO!" to Campbell's soup.)
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To: reaganaut1
HEADLINE: Obama Reiterates Reinstates Carter's Policy of Engagement Surrender With Iran

There. I fixed it.

33 posted on 01/11/2009 3:00:09 PM PST by Gritty (It is natural to indulge in illusions of hope, shutting our eyes against painful truth-Patrick Henry)
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To: reaganaut1

Obama to step into it literally.

Obama to Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran ...”I know there must be a Peaceful resolution to your war against the Jews”

Terrorists to Obama “Peace, No Peace..”

Obama to Nations of Terror “Well what is that you want the Jews to do?”

Terrorist nations to Obama “Die, DIE.... DIE.....”

The Milquetoast wing of the Obama party is about to sell the U.S. out. Once they rape the military as they complain that budgeting for Defense is killing the economy it will be near impossible for us to sustain our satus as a world power.

Break up of the U.S. will be inevitable.


34 posted on 01/11/2009 3:00:20 PM PST by tomnbeverly ("In the hour of darkness and peril and need, the people will waken to listen and hear.....)
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To: sarasota
Barry the rookie is going to work magic with Iran?

=============================================

Option 1.....

Option 2.....

Option 3.....


35 posted on 01/11/2009 3:38:14 PM PST by Colonial Warrior (Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.)
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To: Colonial Warrior; EEDUDE

C’mon now, I heard just this morning a comparison between 0 and Eisenhower inasmuch as each took over from a weak administration and, due to their popularity, rose to power and esteem.


36 posted on 01/12/2009 7:13:36 AM PST by sarasota
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