TALKS WITH IRAN?….From Juan Cole:

Al-Hayat reports in Arabic that Iraqi President Jalal Talabani revealed that during his visit to Tehran last month, Iranian authorities evinced their willingness to engage in talks with the Americans in order arrive at a mutual understanding that both sides would be pleased with — and which would stretch from Afghanistan to Lebanon. Talabani explained the circumstances that caused both meetings that he attempted to arrange between the two to collapse.

That’s quite a tease. I wonder if Prof. Cole or some other Arabic reader could let us know what Talabani said? I assume it’s nothing very cataclysmic, but I’d still be interested in adding to my seemingly endless collection of reasons why talks between the United States and Iran are never advisable “at this time.”