Skip to comments.Rafsanjani urges Clinton not to use Bush’s antagonistic tone
Posted on 04/24/2009 4:03:06 PM PDT by nuconvert
TEHRAN -- Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has urged U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to refrain from using the antagonistic language that was the trademark of the George W. Bush administration.
Clinton should refrain from repeating such words so that the atmosphere that has been created in Iran is not destroyed, he told worshipers in a sermon at Friday prayers in Tehran.
During an address to the U.S. Congress earlier this week, Clinton said, We are more than willing to reach out to the Iranians to discuss a range of issues. However, if diplomacy fails, We are also laying the groundwork for the kind of very tough sanctions, I think you said crippling sanctions, that might be necessary in the event that our offers are either rejected or the process is inconclusive or unsuccessful.
Rafsanjani stated, These are not the words of a journalist or an analyst. Rather, the head of the United States foreign policy (apparatus) has uttered them, and if this is the policy of the Obama administration, where is the change in U.S. foreign policy?
Commenting on Barack Obamas message to Iranians on the eve of the Iranian New Year, he observed, Although that message had some negative points, its wording was fairly acceptable. However, Mrs. Clinton has made an odd statement which is similar to Bushs language.
The EC chairman also pointed out that Iran has always welcomed negotiation and dialogue but will not accept any preconditions for talks.
However, at a time when U.S. officials claim they are ready for negotiations, such remarks are dubious, he added
No problem! Barry will apologize next month!
Hillary will play kiss, kiss.
Yes, we should follow the nuanced, diplomatically-sensitive tone followed in Tehran. The Great Satan must use a respectful when talking about the benificent and munificent Islamic Republic of Iran.
Oh, if only Hillary's hands weren't so tied by Obama. Oh, what a clear difference between them. Oh what a courageous defender of rightious she is.
And her show staggers on...
The Iranians can't be given the high road in a dialog. They already believe they are entitled to it.
Its not like negotiating with the former Soviets.
The plantation thinking is that we should live at the standard of the next lower plantation and not use words offending them because they are too stupid to handle them. Orwell was right about them trying to get rid of words from the dictionary.
The sermons I here on Sunday rarely discuss politics. Islam is a very strange "religion".
Proof of a gentle Hitlery.
Don’t you just love how they treat women in Iran!