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I'm afraid this is the kind of thing we can expect from any sort of negotiation with Iran. This is probably a very good example of their leadership's mentality.

Ahmadinejad Demands Apology for U.S. 'Crimes'
Wednesday, January 28, 2009

ADVERTISEMENTTEHRAN, Iran —

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for "profound changes" in U.S. foreign policy on Wednesday, including giving up support for Israel, during an address to thousands of people in the western city of Kermanshah.

President Obama on Tuesday, in an interview with Arabic television, called for more dialogue with Iran to express difference and see "where there are potential avenues for progress."

Without mentioning President Barack Obama by name, Ahmadinejad Wednesday repeatedly referred to those who want to bring "change," a word used often in Obama's election campaign, and indicated that Iran would be looking to see if there would be substantive differences in U.S. policy.

"We welcome change but on condition that change is fundamental and on the right track," Ahmadinejad said. "When they say 'we want to make changes', change can happen in two ways. First is a fundamental and effective change... The second ... is a change of tactics."

Ahmadinejad also demanded the U.S. apologize for 'crimes' committed against Iran; specifically, criticizing and trying to block their nuclear program.

"Those who say they want to make change, this is the change they should make: they should apologize to the Iranian nation and try to make up for their dark background and the crimes they have committed against the Iranian nation," Ahmadinejad said.

Later Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters that the U.S. administration is undertaking a wide-ranging and comprehensive survey of U.S. foreign policy options toward Iran.

Clinton also said Iran had a "clear opportunity" to demonstrate some willingness to engage meaningfully with the international community.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Mehdi Safari, speaking in Athens, Greece, said Tuesday that it was too early to say whether relations with the United States would improve with Obama as president.

Washington is at odds with Tehran over Iran's nuclear program and its Mideast policy that seeks to destroy Israel and supports the militant groups Hezbollah and Hamas.

The U.S. and some of its allies accuse Iran of seeking to build nuclear weapons. Tehran denies the charge and refuses to give up uranium enrichment, saying it has the right under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty to produce nuclear fuel.

"Who has asked them (the United States) to come and interfere in the affairs of nations?" Ahmadinejad said.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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This shouldn't surprise us. Obama opened that door.

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Indeed!!!!

Obama's crew will re-learn the hard way......There is no negotiation with that crowd.

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It's unfortunate, but the conciliatory tone of his( Obamas) speech will not be viewed as the gesture of goodwill it was intended to be. It will be seen as weakness and interpreted by Islamic facists as an opportunity to further their anti American/Isreal agenda in any way they see fit. We learned this lesson with the Carter administration. Teddy Roosevelt said to walk softly and carry a big stick. Unfortunately people need to believe you are willing to use the stick or it's just a damn piece of fire wood. We have a big stick, but will Obama be able to swing it when the time comes?

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BunnySlayer wrote:
It's unfortunate, but the conciliatory tone of his( Obamas) speech will not be viewed as the gesture of goodwill it was intended to be. It will be seen as weakness and interpreted by Islamic facists as an opportunity to further their anti American/Isreal agenda in any way they see fit. We learned this lesson with the Carter administration. Teddy Roosevelt said to walk softly and carry a big stick. Unfortunately people need to believe you are willing to use the stick or it's just a damn piece of fire wood. We have a big stick, but will Obama be able to swing it when the time comes?

Absolutely, Iran doesn't want goodwil and never has. It don't want to be a part of the world community, period!
They don't want nuclear power for energy, they want it's destructive capability.
And tell me why they are testing launches of missles for ships????
Obama went from carrying a big stick to carry a switch.

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Ahmadinejad smells blood in the water and is going to run circles around this guy. He also knows that he has his nuke in the bag. Anybody want to make any bets on whether Obama will make some sort of conciliatory/apologetic statement? banghead

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Im truly sorry not to be able to take that bet!

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