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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6 Responses to “Khatami and Cheney”

  Jim Hunt Says:

Ahmaninejad is supposedly just the front man for the small group of elite mullah’s who actually call the shots in Iran — or so it was said after his election. Khatami wouldn’t make a trip to the U.S. without it being part of the rulling mullah’s plans. And why would the mullah’s who actually run Iran need a secret negotiation with Cheney to get U.S. help to depose Ahmaninejad? Seems to me they’d just reel Ahmaninejad in themselves if they wanted to — and that the U.S. is the last ally they’d be looking for if Ahmaninejad has gained enough real power of his own to pose a problem for them.

  paul Says:

Khatami better make his move fast,
Ahmadinejad is going to try and annex southern Iraq within the next six months.

  The False God Says:

“Seems to me they’d just reel Ahmaninejad in themselves if they wanted to”

Given his almost messianic fervor and predictions, it may be that even the Mad Mullahs can’t keep up with the bee hive he’s stirring. He may be so crazy that even the crazies are having trouble keeping him in check. If the Mad Mullahs were to suddenly censor him or, worse, quietly dispose of him, it’d create an uproar.

Ahmaninejad is the closest they have to “the Prophet” in this time. For them to suddenly turn on him might unstabilize an already hectic mishmash of religious factions. They can’t turn back on the path he’s blazing.

  michael Says:


Could this be ggod cop/bad cop? Khatami is the secret negotiator while Ahmaninejad is the madman back home. Is Khatami the new Kissinger?


  Eric Says:

Are you sure it’s not the other way around – Khatami and Cheney negotiating how to best get rid of Bush?

  Don wilkins Says:

I like the way Eric thinks.

We know that Bush is a “liar” so his stated purpose cannot be his real reason.

Perhaps we are trying to set Ahmaninejad worrying about Khatami. What inducements did the Great Satan offer Khatami to betray Iran? Hollywood starlets, a mug of Sam Adams, a place where you don’t worry about out-of-date fruitcakes like Ahmaninejad? Khatami would be hard pressed to prove that nothing happened, especially if nothing happened.

On the other hand perhaps they wanted to torture Khatami by making him listen to Carter drone on. Talk about violations of the Geneva Convention!


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