Naked Realpolitik

(Reuters) – The United States will review “the pace of development” of its missile defense shield in Europe if Russia agrees to help stop Iran from building a nuclear bomb, a senior U.S. official said on Friday. The official was speaking as U.S. Undersecretary of State William Burns was in Moscow to push ahead with Washington’s vow to hit the “reset button” on U.S.-Russian relations and halt a drift in relations. “If we are able to work together to dissuade Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapons capability, we would be able to moderate the pace of development of missile defenses in Europe,” a senior U.S. administration official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

8 Responses to “Naked Realpolitik”

  1. opit Says:

    Russia could quite rightly note they had long ago changed supply to Iran to enriched fuel : to defuse spurious claims they were incapable of monitoring a client’s activities.

  2. naj Says:

    Fallacy … again: Iran doesn’t get orders from Russia either.

  3. opit Says:

    You may have me there. Cite please.
    I was merely thinking of comments flying around at the time Putin advised people Russia would treat an attack on Iran as if it were an attack on Russia itself – and neighbouring Gulf states declared they would assist Iran in getting fuel for their power generating plant . Russia Today had an article at one point noting the difference in tech involved which would make the Iranian power station unsuitable for generating weapons grade fuel in any case.
    So it’s all a battle of bullshit in any case.

  4. opit Says:

    You may have me there. Cite please.
    I was merely thinking of comments flying around at the time Putin advised people Russia would treat an attack on Iran as if it were an attack on Russia itself – and neighbouring Gulf states declared they would assist Iran in getting fuel for their power generating plant . Russia Today had an article at one point noting the difference in tech involved which would make the Iranian power station unsuitable for generating weapons grade fuel in any case.
    So it’s all a battle of bullshit anyway.

  5. naj Says:

    Opit,

    This is not the first time Iran is caught between empire poles. The Russian support of IRan is not so much because of their love for Iran, but because they do npt want IRan to fall under sphere of the West. Similarly, the West doesn’t want Iran gettig to cozy with Russia either. For Iran, getting close to both Russia and to the West has always come at a cost (in case of Russia, negotiation of Caspian sea Gas and Caviar lines, for example.)

    Iran’s art is to balance Russia and America (or in the past France and Russia) against each other, and fish from their murky waters🙂

    The revolution in Iran began with:
    Down with USA; Down with USSR; Down with Israel!

    Russia knows that Iran is not interested in nuclear weapons because Russia is closely helping and training Iranian scientists. They have been smart in keeping the ‘enemy’ close! Americans, well, have not! Their loss!

    But, it is very well expected that the Old Russia would outwit the Teenager America!

  6. opit Says:

    That would be a perfectly reasonable ‘take’. Problem is, black ops play by their own set of rules which don’t have much to do with what you see in the media.
    The Yanks have been planning for the long game since the 12th of Never. The thing is, their bullshit keeps most of their own people bamboozled as well. It rather reminds me of GWB : an asp in a clown suit.

  7. naj Says:

    Opit, my ‘take’ is substantiated by Iran’s history over the past 300 years!🙂

  8. oldephartte Says:

    Mm. I was referring to U.S. black ops, which are never fairly covered in the domestic U.S. press for obvious reasons.
    Nor was I thinking of Iran in particular, though they certainly have much unhappy history with the UK also.
    But Iran is party to other intrigues which we don’t think much about. The Iran-Contra scandal was likely only the tip of the iceberg.When al Qaeda and the SAS are raising Cain in Iran it seems silly to think of other levels as playing to other ends…which doesn’t mean, in an era of energy conflict with corporate interests of international players at stake, that things can’t get seriously strange.


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