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Taco John
10-20-2004, 10:07 AM
Bush Receives Endorsement From Iran

Tue Oct 19, 6:33 PM ET

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer

TEHRAN, Iran - The head of Iran's security council said Tuesday that the re-election of President Bush (news - web sites) was in Tehran's best interests, despite the administration's axis of evil label, accusations that Iran harbors al-Qaida terrorists and threats of sanctions over the country's nuclear ambitions.


Historically, Democrats have harmed Iran more than Republicans, said Hasan Rowhani, head of the Supreme National Security Council, Iran's top security decision-making body.


"We haven't seen anything good from Democrats," Rowhani told state-run television in remarks that, for the first time in recent decades, saw Iran openly supporting one U.S. presidential candidate over another.


Though Iran generally does not publicly wade into U.S. presidential politics, it has a history of preferring Republicans over Democrats, who tend to press human rights issues.


"We do not desire to see Democrats take over," Rowhani said when asked if Iran was supporting Democratic Sen. John Kerry (news - web sites) against Bush.


The Bush campaign said no thanks.


"It's not an endorsement we'll be accepting anytime soon," Bush campaign spokesman Scott Stanzel said. "Iran should stop its pursuit of nuclear weapons and if they continue in the direction they are going, then we will have to look at what additional action may need to be taken including looking to the U.N. Security Council."


Kerry, who says halting nuclear proliferation will be a priority if he becomes president, believes Bush should have done more diplomatically to curb Iran's alleged nuclear weapons ambitions. He says Iran should be offered nuclear fuel for peaceful purposes, but spent fuel should be taken back so it cannot be used to develop nuclear weapons.


"It is telling that this president has received the endorsement of member of the axis of evil," Kerry campaign spokeswoman Allison Dobson said. "But Americans deserve a president who will have a comprehensive strategy to address the potential threat of Iran's growing nuclear program."


The United States severed diplomatic relations with Iran after militants stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979 and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. Iranian clerics were crucial in determining the fate of the 1980 U.S. election when Republican Ronald Reagan (news - web sites) won in part because Democratic incumbent Jimmy Carter was unable to secure the hostages' release.


The hostages were freed as Reagan was inaugurated.


The United States supported Iraq (news - web sites) in the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, but by the late 1990s, U.S.-Iranian relations were somewhat better. They plummeted again after Bush accused Iran of being part of the "axis of evil" with North Korea (news - web sites) and prewar Iraq.


The Bush administration also accuses Iran of pursuing nuclear weapons and sheltering operatives of Osama bin Laden (news - web sites)'s al-Qaida terror network. Still, Iran was happy to see Bush destroy two big regional enemies — the Taliban in Afghanistan (news - web sites) and Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) in Iraq.


Iranian political analyst Mohsen Mofidi said ousting the Taliban and Saddam was the "biggest service any administration could have done for Iran."


And Bush, he said, has learned from his mistakes.


"The experience of two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the responsibility Bush had, will make it a very remote possibility for him to risk attacking a much bigger and more powerful country like Iran," he said.


Mofidi added that "Democrats usually insist on human rights and they will have more excuses to pressure Iran."





Republican and Democratic presidents have issued executive orders against Iran, with Reagan in 1987 barring Iranian crude oil and other imports, and Bill Clinton (news - web sites) in 1995 banning U.S. trade and investment in Iran.

"We should not forget that most sanctions and economic pressures were imposed on Iran during the time of Clinton," Rowhani said. "And we should not forget that during Bush's era — despite his hard-line and baseless rhetoric against Iran — he didn't take, in practical terms, any dangerous action against Iran."

Bush has been reluctant to offer Iran any incentives for better U.S.-Iranian relations, but in recent days there have been signs Washington will back European economic incentives if Iran stops uranium enrichment activities.

Gholamreza Aghazadeh, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, was quoted by state-run television Tuesday as saying Iran is interested in buying nuclear fuel from the West, but will not concede its right to the technology.

The nuclear issue has been most sensitive, and the Bush administration is threatening to press for sanctions against Iran over it. Tehran says its nuclear ambitions are peaceful, for energy purposes.

Kavoos Emami, another Iranian political analyst, praised Kerry for mentioning the need for dialogue with Iran, and said the Democrat would be better for Iran.

"Bush has insulted Iran more than any other U.S. administration. If Kerry is elected, a U.S. military attack against Iran will never happen or will be a very remote possibility," he said.

LamarR Huunt
10-20-2004, 10:10 AM
It's called reverse psychology; and the American people will see through it.

Taco John
10-20-2004, 10:10 AM
What a bunch of gay bags...

memyselfI
10-20-2004, 10:10 AM
ROFL ROFL ROFL ROFL

LamarR Huunt
10-20-2004, 10:10 AM
What a bunch of gay bags...

You'd know wouldn't you?

LamarR Huunt
10-20-2004, 10:11 AM
ROFL ROFL ROFL ROFL

Are you as dumb as the others say?

Cochise
10-20-2004, 10:12 AM
This is kind of like sKerry getting the Taco endorsement. You know they don't really mean it and it shouldn't be paid any attention.

the Talking Can
10-20-2004, 10:12 AM
First Putin, now Iran...he's on a roll, all the tyrants love Bush

BIG_DADDY
10-20-2004, 10:13 AM
"We haven't seen anything good from Democrats," Rowhani told state-run television in remarks that, for the first time in recent decades, saw Iran openly supporting one U.S. presidential candidate over another.


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Tell me about it, you oughta see the freakin clown they want to make President of the most powerful country in the world.

Taco John
10-20-2004, 10:15 AM
First Putin, now Iran...he's on a roll, all the tyrants love Bush



It's like I say... Whatever makes America weaker... I'll bet Saudi Arabia supports a Bush administration too...

BIG_DADDY
10-20-2004, 10:18 AM
Flunkie is gonna love this. Hey Flunkie, I told you everyone I knew from Iran were conservatives and you told me I was wrong most Iranians were Demorats. Guess you were wrong. It would be nice if you understood anything about the country you claim to be so proud of coming from. Now I understand the real reason you wouldn't go over ME cuisine with the BB, you probably don't know anything about that either. Loser.

Radar Chief
10-20-2004, 10:24 AM
So, they’d prefer sanctions from a POTUS that’s proven he’ll use the military to enforce them over a POTUS that’s offering them free nuclear fuel? Why am I not believing this?

LamarR Huunt
10-20-2004, 10:36 AM
Flunkie is gonna love this. Hey Flunkie, I told you everyone I knew from Iran were conservatives and you told me I was wrong most Iranians were Demorats. Guess you were wrong. It would be nice if you understood anything about the country you claim to be so proud of coming from. Now I understand the real reason you wouldn't go over ME cuisine with the BB, you probably don't know anything about that either. Loser.

Wow. That's a bit harsh. Can't we just all get along here?

BIG_DADDY
10-20-2004, 10:45 AM
Wow. That's a bit harsh. Can't we just all get along here?

How is the Ultimate working out for ya?

KCWolfman
10-20-2004, 11:23 AM
It's like I say... Whatever makes America weaker... I'll bet Saudi Arabia supports a Bush administration too...
How does Kerry make America stronger?

KingPriest2
10-20-2004, 11:44 AM
TJ do you know who you are voting for yet?

PunkinDrublic
10-20-2004, 11:54 AM
I love it this flys right in the face of fanatical right wingers who have insisting all along that terrorist were hoping Kerry would win. I wonder how Hannity, Druggie Limbaugh and Savage will spin their way out of this one.

KCWolfman
10-20-2004, 11:57 AM
I love it this flys right in the face of fanatical right wingers who have insisting all along that terrorist were hoping Kerry would win. I wonder how Hannity, Druggie Limbaugh and Savage will spin their way out of this one.
Kavoos Emami, another Iranian political analyst, praised Kerry for mentioning the need for dialogue with Iran, and said the Democrat would be better for Iran.

RINGLEADER
10-20-2004, 11:58 AM
So, Taco, does that mean I can start a thread saying that Washington State is endorsing Kerry because you think he'd be better than Bush?

FWIW, the Iranians are just cross because they don't think the amount of nuclear fuel that Kerry is proposing be given to Iran as part of his blessing of their nuclear ambitions is enough...

Radar Chief
10-20-2004, 12:02 PM
Kavoos Emami, another Iranian political analyst, praised Kerry for mentioning the need for dialogue with Iran, and said the Democrat would be better for Iran.

I love it this flys right in the face of fanatical left wingers who have insisting all along that terrorist were hoping Bush would win. I wonder how Franken, Garofalo and Stewart will spin their way out of this one. :thumb:

PunkinDrublic
10-20-2004, 12:08 PM
I love it this flys right in the face of fanatical left wingers who have insisting all along that terrorist were hoping Bush would win. I wonder how Franken, Garofalo and Stewart will spin their way out of this one. :thumb:

Head of the Iranian national security council is just a little bit more meaningful and influential then an Iranian political analysts. But keep believing your masters little neocon sheep.

Radar Chief
10-20-2004, 12:12 PM
Head of the Iranian national security council is just a little bit more meaningful and influential then an Iranian political analysts. But keep believing your masters little neocon sheep.

ROFL Neither of them has a vote, keep believing your masters little Libby sheep.

Ugly Duck
10-20-2004, 12:16 PM
Bush Receives Endorsement From Iran

TEHRAN, Iran - The head of Iran's security council said Tuesday that the re-election of President Bush was in Tehran's best interests

At least BushCo is picking up some international support... it was starting to look like a pro-Kerry landslide out there. Oh, sure... Kerry is favored by some evil-axis countries like Australia, Britain, & Canada. But Bush holds a 4-point favorable edge in Russia, and overwhelming support in Israel. Its starting to even out a bit:

The Kerry camp:
Britain
Canada
Australia
Spain
Japan
France
Mexico
South Korea

BushCo supporters:
Russia
Israel
Iran

Taco John
10-20-2004, 12:18 PM
TJ do you know who you are voting for yet?



More or less... I've known for the past month. But there's a week left to see what the polls do before it's officially punched on my ballot.

KingPriest2
10-20-2004, 12:28 PM
More or less... I've known for the past month. But there's a week left to see what the polls do before it's officially punched on my ballot.


I think TJ is hurt He wants a neg war with me. Check this out


Project Vote Smart Not ... 10-19-2004 10:17 AM Taco John Only a moron wouldn't know who they are voting for right now. I didn't want to get in a long drawn out explination of it with my neighbor. But since you're intent of a rep war, you've got it

Talked my neighbor out ... 10-19-2004 04:18 PM Taco John Whatever... You started the war. Why else would I have 4 neg reps in a row from you?

Oops. Iran endorses Bu... 10-20-2004 01:19 PM Taco John Absolutely I do. I'm not confused about this at all... But then, being a lot smarter than you, I can make fine distinctions on points.

This was after this

Biggest lie of the night? 10-14-2004 01:43 AM Taco John I can't help it if you're in the lowest 5% of the nation in comprehension. If youre going to go off topic, the least you could do is do it in a way that makes you look like you know what's going on around you...
Biggest lie of the night? 10-14-2004 12:31 AM Taco John Quit polluting this topic with off topic crap. Just becuase you didn't pay attention, doesn't mean the plan wasn't well articulated.


So TJ are you afraid to respond to my emails to you? My god Relax. I did not know you were going to get into a hissyfit or throw a tantrum.

Are you truly that emabarrassed? I was trying to talk to you privately about this. But since you are not responding to my emails I have to do this.

You are the one that started this. You are the one that came after me. YOu are acting like a child GROW UP!

Cochise
10-20-2004, 12:30 PM
How does Kerry make America stronger?

Well DUH it says so right on the signs! :rolleyes:

KingPriest2
10-20-2004, 05:08 PM
ROFL Neither of them has a vote, keep believing your masters little Libby sheep.

That is true.

Calcountry
10-20-2004, 05:22 PM
First Putin, now Iran...he's on a roll, all the tyrants love Bush
You mean like Arafat's endorsement of sKerry.

Calcountry
10-20-2004, 05:26 PM
So, they’d prefer sanctions from a POTUS that’s proven he’ll use the military to enforce them over a POTUS that’s offering them free nuclear fuel? Why am I not believing this?
They know where Bush stands, even if you are an enemy, if you are consitent, and don't speak with a forked tounge, like sKerry, then it is respected.

Calcountry
10-20-2004, 05:27 PM
Wow. That's a bit harsh. Can't we just all get along here?
We could Lamar, if you would buy a football team that could win, then we would have something else to talk about besides politics. :p

Calcountry
10-20-2004, 05:28 PM
How does Kerry make America stronger?
By turning command of our military over to the UN.

Calcountry
10-20-2004, 05:28 PM
I love it this flys right in the face of fanatical right wingers who have insisting all along that terrorist were hoping Kerry would win. I wonder how Hannity, Druggie Limbaugh and Savage will spin their way out of this one.
So are you admitting that Iran is a bunch of terrorists?

Calcountry
10-20-2004, 05:31 PM
More or less... I've known for the past month. But there's a week left to see what the polls do before it's officially punched on my ballot.
ROFL This from such a strong minded fellow. He must wait to see what the polls do before he votes.