Are we dealing with Iran, pragmatically?Notwithstanding my earlier criticisms of U.S. foreign policy when dealing with Iran, the following may have enlightened me:
According to this Reuters report, the United States demands Iran suspend their uranium enrichment until an agreement has been made at which point they could resume, for peaceful purposes.
Iran says it wants to come to the table, but is clearly not about to give up its nuclear ambitions. Don't fool yourself, though Iran needs power -a need they can handle, they want a nuclear arsenal.
From the Reuters story, the State Department is playing strategy:
There is no way we would let Iran enrich uranium for whatever reason, because these hopeful agreements won't materialize, and if they do, honesty would not be a mutual ingredient.
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told Reuters suspension is a "firm condition" of the major powers' offer to begin negotiations aimed at persuading Iran to abandon its weapons-related activities and "that condition would have to hold throughout any potential negotiations."
This is strategy in the guise of pragmatism.
I could be wrong, but it seems to fit.