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Appeasing Iran?

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WASHINGTON - The Obama administration and its European allies are preparing proposals that would shift strategy toward Iran by dropping a longstanding American insistence that Tehran rapidly shut down nuclear facilities during the early phases of negotiations over its atomic program, according to officials involved in the discussions.

The proposals, exchanged in confidential strategy sessions with European allies, would press Tehran to open up its nuclear program gradually to wide-ranging inspection. But the proposals would also allow Iran to continue enriching uranium for some period during the talks. That would be a sharp break from the approach taken by the Bush administration, which had demanded that Iran halt its enrichment activities, at least briefly to initiate negotiations.
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I think it's mostly a change in nuance or emphasis. The end result is the same: we talk; they do what they want. These people want to be major players in the region and we created the power vacuum by taking out Sadaam. I think we ought to engage these people in talks, but make it clear that getting out the carrot doesn't mean we're putting away the stick. Make it clear we're ready to use either one, depending on what they DO and not what they say.
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