Friday, February 04, 2005

I'm confused: Yesterday's Times quoted Condoleeza Rice as follows:
Less than a day after President Bush declared he was "working with European allies" to persuade Iran to give up its nuclear program, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the United States would continue to rebuff European requests to participate directly in offering incentives for Iran to drop what is suspected of being a nuclear arms program.

Opening her first overseas trip as secretary, Ms. Rice also declared that the Tehran government's record on human rights was "something to be loathed" - a harsh comment that comes at a time when many European leaders have asked the United States to help lower tensions with Iran.
Today's Times, on the other hand, quotes her
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said today that an attack on Iran by the United States "is simply not on the agenda"
Lets recap: we are not going to attack Iran; we are not going to negotiate with them either; we are "working with our European allies"; but we refuse to participate in their negotiations with Iran. What, exactly, is our Iran policy? Sit tight and hope the Europeans work it out?


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