"One other factor to consider is that, courtesy of the US, an Iranian-puppet regime has been installed in Iraq. In October, the Iranians and Iraqis worked out a multi-million dollar banking deal, plus an agreement that Iran will help rebuild Iraq`s oil industry -- with Iraqi oil flowing to Iran. How`s that for a financial coup? (Note that they also worked out a "security" agreement in November.)" - Michael I don't know if I would call the Iraqi government a 'puppet" of Iran, but they are very close friends. Iraq even joined Iran as the second oil producing nation to refuse payment for oil in US dollars, accepting only Euros. I also agree that Ahmadinejad is such a bellicose and incompetent President that he is making it much easier for UN negotiators to take a harder line. I was interested in what the head of the IAEA said about the need for US security guarantees to close a deal with Iran yesterday. Looks to me that Iran is pursuing the same approach as North Korea, using the threat of nuclear arms to extort guarantees against US aggression. Given his total contempt for any diplomatic agreements or treaties, I don't' know how much anyone should trust the word of George Bush, but if it were sufficient to get Iran and North Korea to submit to IAEA inspections, that would be fine with me.
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