The question should be answered by insiders of the administration. But may I present some wild ideas?
-The Sunnis are now al-Qaeda and ISIS. Both are very dangerous. Are they more so than the Shiites?
-Turkey has become the great sponsor of ISIS, while it has become less reliable under Erdogan. Is there a need to hedge Ankara vs. Tehran by playing a balance of power game?
-The Washington pundits (say they’ve) managed to find the method in Iran’s madness. Since Freud, we know that madness is not absence of logic but the perversion of it — which with patience could be unraveled. Angelo and Norman have said something along these lines in previous posts.
-Iran is an important stepping stone for the Chinese New Silk Road. So as Beijing talks to Burmese Aung San Suu Kyi, so Washington talks to the Ayatollahs …
-(Is this part of) the old adage: Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer?

Francesco Sisci

Francesco Sisci is an Italian sinologist, author and columnist who lives and works in Beijing. He works for the Catholic research center Settimananews.it

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