Friday, January 19, 2007

Dept. of It Takes One to Know One

Via today's White House Briefing by Dan Froomkin at the Washington Post, and CNN's Situation Room, via Crooks & Liars, the BBC reports:
Iran offered the US a package of concessions in 2003, but it was rejected, a senior former US official has told the BBC's Newsnight programme.

Tehran proposed ending support for Lebanese and Palestinian militant groups and helping to stabilise Iraq following the US-led invasion. "Offers, including making its nuclear programme more transparent, were conditional on the US ending hostility.

But Vice-President Dick Cheney's office rejected the plan, the official said. . . .

"We thought it was a very propitious moment to do that," Lawrence Wilkerson told Newsnight.

"But as soon as it got to the White House, and as soon as it got to the Vice-President's office, the old mantra of 'We don't talk to evil' . . . reasserted itself.
You'd almost think President Vader wants confrontation with Iran, wouldn't you?

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