Iranian president says nuclear deal with the west is getting closer – 3 February 2015 U.S., Iran positive after nuclear talks, say much left to do - Tue Feb 24, 2015 I’ve come to appreciate your insights into ME affairs. This may seem far-fetched, but I’ve been mulling over the remote possibility that this whole rift between congress & Netanyahu and Obama administration over increased sanctions on Iran is calculated to make the hardliners in Iran amiable to concessions. Probably this is wishful thinking on my part because I desperately want to believe that there is still some semblance of under the table cooperation to avoid military action in Iran. I want desperately to believe that the Republicans are not so stupid as to sabotage the negotiations out of sheer disdain for our president. My nephew, an AF tactical air strike spotter, informed us at Thanksgiving dinner that “ISIS was getting ready to get their a$$ kicked”, and that he had received his orders to return to the ME in Feb.. He left for Kuwait a couple days ago. It seems the U.S. has been quietly staging there for some time now. I also want to believe that there has been ‘under the table’ cooperation between the two parties all along concerning this upcoming conflict. Again, I appreciate your insight. Seems to me it won’t be too hard to form a coalition with other Islamists in order to combat ISIS. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out Iran may secretly join in a coalition to defeat ISIS. http://www.baptistboard.com/showthread.php?p=2195979#post2195979 Good! Kudos to him for following their counsel. Excellent point. I believe you are right that he has intentionally tempered his speech so as to not to antagonize the Islamists any more than they already have for going on eight decades now.