Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Iranian Agenda For Those Talks

With the Obama administration prepared to talk with the reasonable mullahs of Iran, it is nice that Ahmadinejad unclenched his fist long enough to pen the items he wants on the agenda:

"Change means giving up support for the rootless, uncivilized, fabricated, murdering ... Zionists and letting the Palestinian nation decide its own destiny," Ahmadinejad said. "Change means putting an end to U.S. military presence in (different parts of) the world."

Drop support for Israel, support Hamas, and withdraw all our military power back home? Well that isn't unreasonable at all, right?

Is that all? Well, no:

"We will wait patiently, listen to their words carefully, scrutinize their actions under a magnifier and if change happens truly and fundamentally, we will welcome that," he added. "The change will be to apologize to the Iranian nation and try to compensate for their dark records and the crimes they have committed against the Iranian nation."

That's nice. We should apologize to him.

Technically Ahmadinejad didn't violate the terms of the invitation by our president. Ahmadinejad did indeed unclench his fist in order to slap us across the face. Talking with nutjobs is going to be so much fun, eh?

No mention of what kind of pony Ahmadinejad wants to cap off the talks.

Hey, good luck with this diplomatic effort, Secretary Clinton!

UPDATE: Ledeen reminds us that President Clinton already apologized to the mullahs. Fat lot of good it did us.