White House said to be locked in 'huge' debate over
rapprochement with Iran
Friday, June 24, 2011 - INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING10:15 PM EST
WASHINGTON — With
his re-election prospects in question, the administration of President
Barack Obama is reportedly weighing a dramatic reconciliation with Iran,
a move said to be supported by First Lady Michelle Obama but opposed by
senior foreign policy officials.
Administration sources said the White House
has been debating a proposed initiative in which Obama would visit Iran
and declare rapprochement with the mullah regime according to a report
by Middle East Newsline citing sources who
The sources said Obama's leading advisers
have argued that such a dramatic move would mark a legacy for a
president whose prospects for re-election in 2012 appeared to be rapidly
"The idea is that the president does with
Iran what [President Richard] Nixon did with China — a reconciliation
and dialogue that would recognize Teheran as the leader of the region,"
a source familiar with the debate said, according to the report.
The sources said opponents of the proposed
initiative toward Iran included senior officials in the National
Security Council as well as the Defense Department and State Department.
They argued that Iran, which refused to cooperate with the International
Atomic Energy Agency, has not demonstrated any willingness to halt such
objectionable programs as uranium enrichment and long-range ballistic
At this point however, many of Obama's
closest aides were said to support a U.S. reconciliation with Iran that
would allow the Middle East regime to continue with a civilian nuclear
The sources cited such administration
advisers as Valerie Jarret, Samantha Power and U.S. envoy to the United
Nations Susan Rice, who want a U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan
to pave the way for a rapprochement with Teheran.
The sources said the president's wife,
Michelle, has also endorsed the reconciliation proposal. They said
proponents have argued that this was Obama's only option to achieve a
breakthrough in U.S. foreign policy before the 2012 elections.
"There is a huge debate in the White House on
The sources said the White House has been
alarmed by the failure to raise funds for Obama's re-election campaign.
They said Jewish members of the Democratic Party, once deemed the
biggest supporters of Obama, were donating at a rate of no more than
eight percent of that in 2008.
A political consultant involved in White
House fundraising efforts said Obama's foreign policy could veer sharply
from the status quo if he becomes convinced that he would lose in 2012.
The consultant said an increasing number of Democratic Party leaders
were considering asking the president not to run.
"Obama has both severe political and legal
problems in winning a second term," said the consultant, who, like the
others interviewed, did not want to be named.
"If he feels he will lose anyway, Obama will
follow a foreign and maybe even domestic policy that will be very
controversial," the consultant said.
"The idea is to show the president as a
peacemaker who was stopped by the Republicans and other opponents in
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