Former CIA senior analyst argues in favor of US deal with Iran

A former senior analyst in the United States Central Intelligence Agency has come out in support of a bilateral compromise between Iran and the West on Tehran’s nuclear program. In an article published last week, Georgetown University professor Paul R. Pillar, who spent nearly three decades with the CIA, dismissed the widespread view that the differences between Iran, Israel, and the West are insurmountable. Commenting on news of a nine-step negotiation plan offered by Tehran in early October, but dismissed by Washington as “unworkable”, Pillar said the offer provided the initial steps of an “eminently achievable agreement” between the interested parties. The CIA veteran, who rose to be one of the Agency’s top analysts prior to his retirement in 2005, argued that a possible outcome of bilateral negotiations would be for Iran to curtail its enrichment of uranium to the 20 percent level in exchange for the lifting of most economic sanctions imposed on Iran by Western countries. “An agreement along these lines makes sense”, he added, “because it would meet the major concerns of each side” in the dispute. He cautioned, however, that, under such an agreement, Tehran would not only be prohibited from continuing its uranium enrichment process, but would also be required to surrender all quantities of uranium previously enriched to a level above 20 percent. Such an agreement, claimed Pillar, would mean that neither Iran nor Israel and the West would receive everything they wanted at once. Instead, the process would depend on a gradual implementation of several bilateral agreements in stages, “each side giving something and getting something at each stage”. Dr Pillar has spoken previously of his concern over the “unpredictability and danger” of the escalating crisis between Tehran and Tel Aviv. In a radio interview aired in February, he warned that the confrontation between the two neighboring countries may be “spiraling out of control” and that the danger of an “overt armed conflict between the US and Iran and perhaps Israel” was greater than ever before. In last week’s editorial, Pillar said that a war between the parties in the Middle East would be one “over negotiating details that are very resolvable”.

7 Responses to Former CIA senior analyst argues in favor of US deal with Iran

  1. tigerasia says:

    Reblogged this on Tiger Asia.

  2. Anything that stops the impending war will be welcome, the warmongers who are always panicing need to step back and look at who are the real enemy of this world are.

  3. Peter Wallerberger says:

    Given the gravity of the crises that exists regarding Tehran’s nuclear programme and it’s nieghbours and the unthinkable outcome should the situation esculate any further – I commend Professor Paul Pillar for his forthright, frank & clear message.

    It may not be what the Pentagon wants to hear but I do think the Professor has a point and even if his idea merely ‘buy’s time’ it would help in the interim to defuse a potential war and undoubtably assist in calming down the entire middle east.

    I hope publishes more of the good Professor’s expert opinion as it certainly gives readers another angle and a sane one at that.

    Perhaps a pity Professor Pillar is not guideing the United Nations in their quest for world peace –
    his qualifications and experience alone speak volumes.

  4. alexander beetle says:

    It looks like Iran would be very interested in this type of negotiated settlement. I have seen SEVERAL articles-probably not in USA media- in which they state that they are quite willing to curtail their enrichment. It seems that the USA is not solely concerned with the nuclear issue, but has other interests at stake in iran. The USA only ‘negotiates’ through war and economic threats.
    TEHRAN, Oct. 8 (MNA)
    In an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel, Salehi said that if Iran’s right to nuclear enrichment is recognized Tehran is ready to “offer an exchange”.
    “If our right to enrichment is recognized, we are prepared to offer an exchange. We would voluntarily limit the extent of our enrichment program, but in return we would need a guaranteed supply of the relevant fuels from abroad,” Salehi [Iranian Foreign Minister] explained.

  5. Mohareb Irani says:

    The John Batchelor Show

    Iranians CIA Spy Reza Kahlili Discusses the OBAMA-IRAN Secret Deal
    Discussion on the revelation of the new secret nuclear site in Iran and the disinformation by the radicals ruling Iran with their covert operation to get the bomb.

    October 09, 2012
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  6. Mohareb Irani says:

    SHOCKING BREAKING NEWS: OBAMA’s Secret letter for a Deal with Dictator AYATOLLAH ALI KHAMENEI has been EXPOSED by Iranian CIA Agent Reza Kahlili;
    مأمور ایرانی‌ سیا/CIA
    قرار داد مخفیا نهٔ اوباما با خامنه‌ای را فاش نمود؛
    “Look for announcement of temporary halt to uranium enrichment”

    See Original Article;

  7. Anonymous says:

    It is not in the West’s medium or long term interests to weaken Shia Iran. First disarm Pakistan’s nuclear capability and then ‘defang’ Iran.
    See Pakistani ISI and their assets’ and ‘fellow travellers’ in Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) complicity in terrorism against the West.
    Israel has to understand the balance of power game and not just respond to stimuli. This chess game will play out for a bit yet.This is Part 2 of the article What has happened to Pakistan and why it matters to the West?

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