People ask me -- on the street, on the Metro, at fine dining establishments -- "Hey, Goldblog, what about that new round of talks between the six powers and Iran? Should I be paying attention to this, on the chance that there will be a breakthrough on the subject of Iran's nuclear program?" And I say, "I think you should pay about as much attention to these talks as you would pay to the Middle East peace process, which is to say, none, until alerted otherwise." I'm reasonably sure Iran will, at some point, feint in the direction of rationality, but I doubt very seriously that much will come of this. Iran wants nuclear weapons; it's in the best self-interest of Iran's ruling clique to want nuclear weapons. I'd be pretty surprised if some meaningful breakthrough takes place in Geneva.
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