Iran responds to Obama (Gareth Porter) + Message to the Iranian People

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Obama’s unprecedented greeting to Iran is met with an unprecedented response by Grand Ayatollah Khamenei


Iran responds to Obama

Obama’s unprecedented greeting to Iran is met with an unprecedented response by Grand Ayatollah Khamenei

In response to President Obama’s address to Iran, Grand Ayatollah Khamenei wonders what has actually changed.

“Has your antagonism to the Iranian nation changed?” he asked.

Even though President Obama was reaching out to the Iranian people and complimenting their nation, he did not address any specific changes or actions that the US is planning to take in their foreign policy.

“If you read the address… he’s stroking the people’s feelings of pride and I’m sure that’s going to go over really well with the Iranian people,” said investigate historian and journalist Gareth Porter. “At the same time there really is nothing in the address that gives you a clue as to what change is going to be made in the US posture when they actually sit down with Iran.”

Porter suggests that the real question in Iran is how much influence does the Israeli lobby have over US foreign policy?

“This is a question that quite frankly people in Washington D.C., analysts, are asking the same question,” Porter said. “Very recently the Israeli lobby scored a huge victory when they basically put enough pressure on the White House to cause Chaz Freeman, the nominee for the Head of the National Intelligence Council, nominated by the Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, to have to back off and withdraw his name from the position.”

President’s Message to the Iranian People [Subtitled]


President Obama’s special video message for all those celebrating Nowruz, or “New Day.” This year, the President wanted to send a special message to the people and government of Iran, acknowledging the strain in our relations over the last few decades. After committing his administration to a future of honest and respectful diplomacy, he addresses Iran’s leaders directly. (this video is public domain.)

One thought on “Iran responds to Obama (Gareth Porter) + Message to the Iranian People

  1. Even though the reaction of Iran’s spiritual leader to the overtures of goodwill, offered by President Obama in his neatly, yet carefully-packaged video message to Iran, seems to be less than enthusiastic, we shouldn’t be surprised or read too much into it. In no way also it should be interpreted as a snub to the US president, but rather a tactical move and a cautious and understandable reaction to what they perceive as a still very ambiguous policy towards Iran. Iranians are more savvy, politically, than we give them credit for, and their spiritual leader wasn’t going to hand Obama any freebies of niceties, without anything real and worthwhile in return, which can easily be misconstrued, on the domestic, conservative front, as a hasty acquiescence to their archenemy, the great Satan of the western world, who had never before showed them anything but disdain and contempt. And considering the sensitive timing of this twist of events, in Iran, as they are coming onto major elections soon, and where they have, traditionally, depended on having the US and its long-held, ill intentions towards Iran as the perfect bag of political goodies and ammunition to mobilize their conservative base, on which they count and depend in the coming elections. Moreover, Iran wants to ascertain the present actual status of the Israeli influence in Washington, and whether any real changes have taken place in that area, for they know, all too well, that if the pro-Israel lobby still enjoys the same power in Washington, as it always had, then this whole effort won’t be more than a political ploy and a scam, as they know what Israel would like to do to them. For now, they’ll sit and wait to see any real moves or indications on our part, and they know that if we really meant serious business this time, someone, from our side or one of our friends will be contacting them soon, if they haven’t already, to initiate some dialogue to lead to some sort of negotiations, and until then, which means the ball is still fully in our court, I wouldn’t count on any changes in Iran’s policies. Iranians are shrewd politicians and tough adversaries, and they can be talked to, and for the right terms, I guarantee you, anything can be put on the table and negotiated for the right deal.

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