One time deal or a start to a series of negotiations, I am not sure I care. I am, though, rather skeptical that the Bush administration is sending the number three State Department person – William Burns – to Geneva this weekend to join other countries in sitting down with an Iranian nuclear negotiator.
Is this a flip-flop on the Bush administration part? While it may not be a true flip-flop yet as the administration has not yet negotiated anything, it is definitely a severe departure from everything George W Bush has previously said. Bush has repeatedly said that there were pre-conditions to sitting down with Iran. None of these pre-conditions have been met. Iran has not yet stopped enriching uranium.
Is this a step towards relations with Iran again at some point in the future?
Is this Bush’s last push before a preemptive strike?
Being always the skeptic, I would not believe that this is a step towards relations or negotiations with Iran. I do believe, though, that this is a way for Bush to create a world view of having tried with a country that he has repeatedly indicated was next on the invasion list.
I find the thought of a major change like this from a man who just today said that the economy was not in horrible shape and we, as the US public, could have faith in its long-term condition scares the crap out of me. He lives in a world where he will spin, using every credit of that Yale MBA, the Geneva meeting into a last ditch effort before an invasion. He managed to spin to some extremely intelligent people prior to Iraq. He is now setting up something. The question is what? And more importantly, can it be held off until after the man is out of power?