Thursday, January 19, 2012

US talks with Iran an empty gesture

The VOA is the US government's "official" propaganda arm, which makes it first among equals when disseminating policy for worldwide consumption. Thus, this item from today's wire is interesting, if only for the skewed and completely false representation of the causes of conflict between the two sides:
Iran Says US Should Be Willing to Talk Without Conditions | Middle East | English: "Iran says the United States should make it clear that it is ready to hold talks without conditions, and urged other countries in the Middle East to not put themselves in a "dangerous position."

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi made the comments Thursday during a visit to Turkey.

They come a day after the United States said it is open to resuming negotiations with Iran about its controversial nuclear program if Tehran is "serious" about discussing it openly.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Wednesday it is up to Iran to rejoin talks with the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany, a group known as the P5+1. The parties last met a year ago."
The US, of course, persists in the fiction that the tempest concerns Iran's nuclear activities. These rank less than zero on the scale of true irritants between the sides, but you will never catch a US official saying so openly.

The US, and Israel, want what's euphemistically referred to as "regime change" in Iran. They want a pliable, obedient government in Tehran which is willing to do "business" on the US' terms. For its part, Israeli wants any challengers to its regional hegemony removed.

The flows of resources, so masterfully outlined by Pepe Escobar in his reporting for Asia Times, is the primary motivator of the incipient conflict. The nuclear issue, not so much. While removing the West's option of attacking with impunity, the nuke specter is of far less concern than old reliable, the money.

The US continues with its tired storyline, while its clients in Europe and Asia bristle under the yoke of its painful and economically ruinous demands. Oil supplies are tight enough already, and asking nations whose budgets are already under strain to take the fall for Washington's hubris has the potential to bring alliances to their knees.

Will these countries allow the US to throw them under the bus for the neocon dream of monopolizing the world's remaining energy resources? You can bet your ass they're all for a "diplomatic solution."

To bad all they'll get is unctuous gestures, while the real drama is played out in the skies over the Persian Gulf by a has-been superpower that was too punch drunk to know when it's been licked.

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