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10/13/06

Rioting of US generals and talking with Iran - Prof. Mowlana

Tehran, Oct 13, IRNA-Hamid Mowlana, Professor of International Relations at School of International Service (SIS) of the American University in Washington DC had an article in Thursday edition of Kayhan Persian morning daily, focusing on Iran-US relations.

Professor Mowlana begins his article with a recent quote from former US Under-secretary of State Richard Armitage, "Under such conditions that the strongest army in Mideast region, the Israeli army has failed in silencing Lebanon (read Hezbollah), it is time to hesitate about resorting to force against the 70 million strong Iran, that has a noticeable strategic depth as well."

He then focuses on two major and unprecedented developments in the United States in the course of the past couple of weeks, namely the rioting of a group of US generals against the US policies in Iraq and, the recommendation of the senior partisans in both the Republican nd the Democrat parties to Bush Administration to begin talks with Iran as a bare necessity."

Among the rioting high brass US generals, Professor Mowlana refers to the commander of US Air Force in invasion against Iraq, general Charles Swank, and the commander of that country's army in that war, General John Batisteh, who were forced to retire themselves last week following their strong objection to US policies in Iraq.

They had argued that the situation in Iraq strongly resembled the quagmire in which the US forces had got entangled in Vietnam, and that exiting Iraq would be as defaming for Washington as it once was from Hanoi.

They and a larger number of high brass US generals had also asked for immediate resignation of the US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who is one of the main architects of Iraq war.

Professor Mowlana says, "Last week the US Congress approved of a $70 billion emergency budget for pursuing the US military policies in Iraq and Afghanistan, while the total US military budget for 2007 is $585 billion; that is 3.6% increased compared to the 2006 military budget.

Professor Hamid Mowlana who completed his political studies at Tehran University and has been teaching at SIS for thirty eight years has maintained his Iranian nationality.

He is meanwhile an advisor and consultant to a number of international organizations, has worked for UNESCO in Paris, and is a visiting professor at universities in Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America.

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