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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

So it's pretty obvious Bush is going to put the pressure on Iran from now until the next time the IAEA meets.

Here's what we know, yesterday the United States and Israel conducted a strategic dialogue led by Under Secretary for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns and Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Tzachi Hanegbi.

Attending the meeting from the Israeli side: Ambassador to the U.S. Daniel Ayalon, the Directors General of Israel's Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense, and National Security Advisor and other senior officials. The U.S. side was represented by:Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte, National Security Advisor to the Vice President John Hannah, Ambassador Richard Jones, Assistant Secretary Welch, and NSC Director Elliott Abrams.

Today in Haretz, Military Intelligence Chief Major General Aharon Ze'evi said in comments made before the Knesset, that "If by the end of March 2006 the international community will have failed to halt Iran's attempts to acquire nuclear weapons, diplomatic efforts on the matter will be pointless, and international attempts to prevent Iran from attaining nuclear weapons will have failed". Obviously the US and Iran were sharing intel on Iran's nuke program during their meeting yesterday and, more than likely, coordinating how to direct a PR campaign against Iran and their pursuit of a nuclear weapons program.

Today, Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns spoke at the Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) regarding American relations with Iran. Burns laid out a great summary of American-Iranian relations since the 1979 Islamic Revolution and said that not just American, but world pressure, especially from non-aligned countries like Brazil, China, India and Russia, were coalescing against Iran. I'm not really sure I'm buying the Administration and State's reading of the situation re: the Iranian's people call for a Democratic Iran, I would be surprised if we had any reliable intelligence on that from the ground in Iran, his question regarding Iran's nuke program were pithy and stark. I'll try to get a copy of that posted on here as soon as I can find a transcript.

And of course, Michael Ledeen knows what's best of Iran. He's got his usual piece on the National Review's website calling for the administration to hurry up and overthrow the Mullahs.

Get ready to be hearing a lot more about Iran in the news and out of the White House the next few weeks.

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