December 29, 2012

Can Obama Compromise on Iran?

Robert Dreyfuss, The Diplomat

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Obama's reelection and signs of Iranian willingness to end the nuclear standoff might offer some hope towards a compromise.

Having won reelection, President Obama now has greater diplomatic freedom and the political space to offer significant concessions to Iran, including the lifting of some of the economic sanctions that have been in place for more than half a decade as a response to Iran’s nuclear program, in exchange for concessions by Iran. As of yet, there is little evidence that he is willing to do so.

Although the usual coalition of hawks, neoconservatives, Republican lawmakers, and members of Washington pro-Likud Israel lobby are stepping up pressure for a more confrontational stance vis-à-vis Iran, there are also growing calls from...

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