“I know you want us dead, but……………..

Reuters reports……………. 

By Sue Pleming

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday she wanted Iran’s help on border security and fighting drugs in Afghanistan, but she had no plans to meet Tehran’s delegate at an international meeting.

Clinton played down expectations of her first contact with Iran at Tuesday’s Afghanistan conference in The Hague. She will be the highest-level official in the Obama administration to sit at the same table with Tehran.

“I have no plans (to meet the Iranians). I can’t forecast tomorrow, but we are looking forward to everyone playing a constructive role,” she told reporters traveling with her.

Clinton had personally suggested Iran should send a representative to the Dutch conference, where she will detail Washington’s new war strategy in Afghanistan and seek support from allies and others to implement the plan.

She said Iran was cooperative after the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan that followed the September, 2001 attacks on the United States.

Border security and counter-narcotics had a direct effect on Iran’s well-being and Tehran could be helpful in those areas, in particular, she said.

“I believe there will be an opening by this conference that will enable all the countries, including Iran, to come forward, with how they want to participate,” Clinton said.

“The fact that they accepted the invitation to come suggests that they believe there is a role for them to play and we are looking forward to hearing more,” she added.

In a reversal of former President George W. Bush’s isolation policy of Iran, the Obama administration is actively seeking to engage Tehran, particularly on issues of mutual concern such as Afghanistan.

Clinton’s predecessor, Condoleezza Rice, exchanged pleasantries with Iran’s foreign minister at international conferences but they never held substantive talks.

In a video address to Iran this month, President Barack Obama said he wanted a new beginning with Tehran, which is at loggerheads with Washington on a range of issues, including a nuclear program the West believes is aimed at building an atomic bomb.

Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful electricity generation and that Washington must lift sanctions imposed over its uranium enrichment if it wants to improve ties.

Asked if Washington would impose more punitive measures as long as Iran refused to give up its nuclear work, Clinton sidestepped the question.

“We will stay focused on Afghanistan tomorrow and that is the purpose of this conference,” she said.

AID FOR ELECTIONS

In an attempt to encourage assistance from the more than 80 nations represented at the conference, Clinton announced $40 million in new U.S. aid for a U.N. fund to prepare for Afghanistan’s elections in August.

“We do not support or oppose any candidate but we want to assure that the elections themselves are going to have legitimacy and credibility,” said Clinton.

State Department spokesman Robert Wood said Clinton was not in The Hague with a shopping list but others could offer help in areas such as equipment, training for Afghanistan’s police force, aircraft and reconstruction projects.

“We do want to encourage the participants to begin thinking hard about what their contributions will be,” Clinton said.

Clinton is expected to be peppered with questions over the Obama administration’s new strategy for both Afghanistan and Pakistan, which was announced last Friday.

Obama’s goal is to crush al Qaeda militants in Afghanistan and in Pakistan and adopt a more regional approach by involving neighbors like Iran, and players India, China and Russia.

The United States plans to send 21,00 more troops to Afghanistan, including 4,000 to help train the Afghan army, along with hundreds of civilians to improve basic services.

Clinton said a focus would also be on making aid programs more efficient.

“We recognize we are starting at a point where there is very little credibility for a lot of what has already been invested. It is heartbreaking.”

Later this week, Clinton’s deputy Jacob Lew will visit both Afghanistan and Pakistan and special U.S. representative on the issue, Richard Holbrooke, will also be in the region to explain Obama’s plan and find practical ways to implement it.

(Editing by Jon Boyle)

So, here we are, in the middle of 2 wars. In the general region of these military actions, stands one, who, from all accounts, is either involved in, or is militarily and economically supportive of,  people who are actually killing American forces. The same country who has vowed to “nuke” us one day when they are capable of doing so. The same country who believes that our female Secretary of State shouldn’t even be allowed out of the house.  Much less, speaking with men not her husband. But these same people are,  suddenly,  going to run to help us  out in 2 wars. Mr. President, are you in denial or just plain dumb? I would rather you were the former but, I am starting to think maybe the latter.

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One Response to ““I know you want us dead, but……………..”

  1. matt Says:

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