Iran offered talks


#1 Apr 27, 2006
In March 2003 Colin Powell demanded that Iran renounce terrorism. In May 2003 the Iranians responded by offering direct talks. They would address U.S. concerns regarding its nuclear program in exchange for normalizing relations. They also offered to cease funding Hamas, Islamic Jihad and to turn Hezbollah into a purely "socio-political" organization. Powell and his deputy Richard Armitage were inclined to respond positively to the offer. But Powell's chief of staff Col. Lawrence Wilkerson
felt that neocons in the White House, led by Dick Cheney, killed the deal. Col. Wilkerson told IPS News that: "The secret cabal got what it wanted: no negotiations with Tehran."
How serious is the Bush administration on winning the war on terror when they turn down an offer by 1/3rd of the "Axis of Evil" to voluntarily renounce terrorism? When Bush starts to beat the drums of war, saying "We tried every peaceful option..." remember he didn't try this one. There is even an option for a nuclear attack on Iran on the table, the radiation of which, Senator Feinstein writes could kill our own troops:

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