Iran hopes Hagel confirmation will bring U.S. policy changes

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DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's foreign ministry said on Tuesday it hoped the appointment of Chuck Hagel as the next U.S. defense secretary would lead to "practical changes" in Washington's foreign policy.

Iran and the United States, adversaries for more than three decades, are at odds over many issues, including the Islamic Republic's nuclear programme, which Western countries say is aimed at forging a nuclear arms capability. Tehran denies this

"We hope there will be practical changes in American foreign policy and that Washington becomes respectful of the rights of nations," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said at his weekly news conference, Iran's IRIB news website reported.

He was answering a question about Hagel's views on Israel and U.S. sanctions on Iran. Israel has threatened military action against its arch-enemy's nuclear sites if sanctions-backed diplomacy fails to rein in Tehran's atomic work. Mehmanparast did not elaborate.

Hagel is expected to face a tough confirmation fight amid accusations that he has anti-Israel views and has previously urged direct nuclear talks between the United States and Iran.

(Reporting By Marcus George; Editing by Alistair Lyon)

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reality-again wrote:
Leaders of rogue regimes can display a ‘bunker mentality’, whether they physically hide in bunkers, or expect to do so when the rubber meets the road.
One of the symptoms of such a bunker mentality type of group-think is unrealistic hopes, including assigning too much importance to personal changes in the US administration.
Readers with a reasonably good knowledge of history should be able to think of a some good examples from both the 20th and 21st centuries.

Jan 08, 2013 8:49am EST  --  Report as abuse
amacd wrote:
There is some hope that Hagel may be a
partial spotlight on the current EMPIRE — an EMPIRE that he should know brought him into the Vietnam war.

Interestingly, the production of the important NIE (National Intelligence Estimate) has in the recent past brought several non-traditional dangers to our country into prominent attention, including the danger of energy security, the danger of climate, etc.

Shouldn’t it be incumbent on the NIE to address the largest and seminal danger of the US continuing to act as an EMPIRE to the forefront of public attention as the gravest danger to the security of our fading country and loyal citizens — as this disguised global Empire, this camouflaged corporate/financial/militarist/political and media EMPIRE, which has almost completely ‘captured’ and now “Occupies” our country, by hiding behind the facade of its ‘bought and owned’ TWO-Party ‘Vichy’ sham of faux-democratic and totally illegitimate government — just as the earlier and crude single-party Vichy sham regime was used by the Nazi Empire to deceive, cover-up, and abuse the country of France c. 1940 against the interest of its own citizens??

Hagel, as Sect of Defense should drive the NIC/NIE to address this never mentioned and taboo topic of the greatest danger to our country.

Best luck to the fast expanding ‘Occupy Empire’ educational
and revolutionary movement against this deceitful, guileful, disguised EMPIRE, which can’t so easily be identified as wearing Red Coats, Red Stars, nor funny looking Nazi helmets —- quite yet!

Liberty, democracy, justice, and equality
Violent/’Vichy’ Rel 2.0

Alan MacDonald
Sanford, Maine

BTW, Hagel is correct that Israel and the US have a similar problem — an unrepresentative disguised EMPIRE (not just a Lobby) that claims to talk for the real citizens of both “Occupied” former countries!

Jan 08, 2013 1:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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