The Corner

So What’s the Point of Negotiating?

General Raymond Odierno says it all quite nicely, as Jim Garamone tells us .

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2007 – If Iran really wants stability in the Middle East, it must stop exporting weapons used to kill coalition forces and innocent Iraqis, the commander of Multinational Corps Iraq said yesterday.

Iran should stand by its public statements of support for the Iraqi government, Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno said in a CNN interview. “They’ve supported the government of Iraq and the way forward,” the general said. “So, we should force them to stand by that. … Let’s hold them to their word and what they’re saying in public.”

Reports out of Iraq indicate that roughly one-third of attacks on coalition forces are with Iranian-supplied arms. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran, Iran, today in an effort to get Iran to abide by its public line.

Can we summarize it? Iran has broken its promises with regard to Iraq. They say they want stability, but they sow chaos and death.

So what value could another deal possibly have?

Michael LedeenMichael Ledeen is an American historian, philosopher, foreign-policy analyst, and writer. He is a former consultant to the National Security Council, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense. ...

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