Monday, October 18, 2010

Iran joins US, NATO to address Afghanistan situation‎

Despite the fact that Iran is supplying insurgents in Afghanistan with weapons, ammunition and explosives [in boxes marked "Food, Toys and Kitchenware"], and that Taliban fighters have been training in Iran, the Obama administration on Monday said it had "no problem" participating in high-level talks with Iranian representatives in discussions over the future of Afghanistan:
Iran took part in a high-level meeting on Afghanistan on Monday after the United States said it has no problem with its participation. [Attendees also included Richard Holbrooke, U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan.]

The international "contact group" met in Rome amid a renewed push to end the nine-year-old war in Afghanistan, including bringing Taliban into peace talks. The group gathers the Afghan government, NATO, the EU, U.N. and other key players — including Iran this time — to assess progress in Afghanistan.

Richard Holbrooke, U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, said Washington was asked about possible Iranian involvement and responded it had no problem with it...

Other main topics of discussion were the transition process... and the process of reconciliation — or talks aimed at involving insurgents into the fold, including the Taliban...

Citing Iran's long border with Afghanistan and its problem of drugs and immigrants coming in from Afghanistan [like the Taliban "immigrants" who've been training in Iran. Heh], Holbrooke said that Tehran "has a role to play in the peaceful settlement of the situation" and that "for the United States today there's no problem with their presence."

From the New York Times:
The Iranian, Mohammed Ali Qanezadeh, a high-ranking diplomat, even attended an in-depth briefing Monday morning by the American military commander, Gen. David H. Petraeus, on NATO’s strategy for transition in Afghanistan.
Incredible! The Iranians, who are facilitating attacks against U.S. forces in Afghanistan, are now privy to NATO's strategy [for transition] in Afghanistan. Splendid!
Richard C. Holbrooke, the Obama administration’s special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, said the United States had been forewarned of the Iranian presence. “We were asked if we had any problems with that, and we said no,” Mr. Holbrooke said.
What about the American hikers who've been detained in Iran since July of 2009? No problem with that one either?

Apparently, this administration has no problem with anything - except for the Tea Party..., and the midterm election/GOP landslide.....