Iran: Do it MY way....We need to get into the mood for this one, so let's go to the videotape.
Yes, Iran is insisting that the West must do it MY way.
"The only path" for world powers holding talks with Iran on its nuclear activities is to accept Tehran's position, a top military representative for the country's supreme leader said on Sunday, according to the Mehr news agency.Read the whole thing.
"Unfortunately, the P5+1 logic, especially that of America, is of bullying, which is in no way acceptable to our people and officials," said Ali Saeedi, a senior figure in Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards who acts as agent for supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The comments hardened a tone of defiance coming from Tehran ahead of a new round of fraught talks to take place in Moscow on June 18-19 between Iran and the so-called P5+1 group (the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China).
They also added to a sense of pessimism growing over a separate track of dialogue between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran about inspections following a fruitless meeting last Friday in Vienna.
Saeedi accused the West of "pursuing its own aims that go beyond the (nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) regulations and the agency, and which do not fall within the IAEA's remit."
He portrayed Iran's position in both tracks as "logical and rational" and sternly told the United States and its Western allies to adopt it.
"The only path in front of them is to accept Iran's demands in an atmosphere of mutual respect, and to stop politicising it (the nuclear issue)," Mehr quoted him as saying.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran has accepted the IAEA's regulations and it is in the interest of the West to adhere to the agency's regulations," he said.
I don't know about the rest of you but my sense is that the Iranians are daring Hussein Obama to put his reelection on the line by attacking them, knowing that he's the most gutless President the United States has ever had.
What could go wrong?