Khatami and Cheney

So I was speaking to this friend of mine whose family hails from Iran. And I asked him about this whole Khatami visiting the US business. His response was that it was a method by which Khatami can confer or negotiate with US officials without seeming as if he is. He pointed to this bit from the Boston Globe as evidence:

When Vice President Dick Cheney lands at Logan International Airport this afternoon, it will only be the third time he has set foot in the Bay State since he took office in 2001.

Cheney’s schedule today puts him in Massachusetts for 2 hours and 45 minutes, zipping from the airport to a fundraiser at the Harvard Club, and right back on a plane. (Both previous trips were fundraisers.)

My friend’s contention is that Khatami and Cheney are negotiating or conferring on how to best get rid of Ahmaninejad, and that a few hours on the ground provide enough opportunity.

To me, this seems highly speculative and frankly, a bit absurd, like an October Surprise conspiracy theory. But you never know. Tell me what you think.

UPDATE: Paul Gigot offers this interesting piece of news as well:

Intriguingly, the president broke a little news on the subject of Iran, acknowledging that he personally signed off on the U.S. visit this week by former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami. The trip has angered many conservatives because Mr. Khatami presided over the nuclear weapons development and cheating that Mr. Bush has pledged to stop. Why let him visit?

“I was interested to hear what he had to say,” Mr. Bush responds without hesitation. “I’m interested in learning more about the Iranian government, how they think, what people think within the government. My hope is that diplomacy will work in convincing the Iranians to give up their nuclear weapons ambitions. And in order for diplomacy to work, it’s important to hear voices other than [current President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad’s.”


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