Thursday, January 28, 2010

Sanctions, regime change take center stage

United States President Barack Obama's State of the Union address signaled that Washington is set to take a more aggressive course on Tehran, with major sanctions legislation highly likely. Meanwhile, calls for outright regime change are growing louder, thanks to an unexpected change of heart by an influential American analyst.

By Jim Lobe
Asia Times

"WASHINGTON - With the United States Senate set to take up major sanctions legislation against Iran by mid-February, neo-conservative and other hawks are calling on the administration of President Barack Obama to pursue a more aggressive course of "regime change" in Tehran.

In recent days, their call was unexpectedly bolstered by a Newsweek column authored by the president of the influential Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Richard Haass.

Haass is a long-time protege of realists, such as former national security adviser Brent Scowcroft and secretary of state Colin Powell, who advocate a policy of broad engagement with Iran over its nuclear program and other issues.

Citing the unprecedented and persistent unrest....."

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