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Thursday, February 05, 2004

State Department's take on Iran 

I asked where Foggy Bottom stands on the Iranian crisis, and it turns out that Iran has been addressed in five press briefings by Richard Boucher and Adam Ereli since the new year. No statements from Secretary Powell, no press releases, just a few press briefings, each time as a result of a question from a member of the press.

The responses don't go beyond general statements of support for free and fair elections, the right of the people to choose their government, etc. Pretty standard stuff. It's apparent that State is semi-aware of things but not really putting any energy into the issue. That could come back to bite them. Hopefully someone at the Iran desk is on top of the situation.

Press conference transcripts:

12 January
13 January
14 January
30 January
02 February
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