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Deal with Iran

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.
November 25, 2013 2:02:43 PM PST
Talk about art imitating life. The current plot line of the cable TV drama "Homeland" involves the CIA plotting to infiltrate the highest echelons of Iran's government so that a peace can be negotiated.

It's happening at the same as the real-life drama involving Iran, and the negotiated deal over the weekend that is supposed to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

In each case, there's a crap shoot involved. Saul Berenson, the acting Director of the CIA on TV, used the logic that the world can't keep escalating the tension between Iran and the U.S. and its allies. At some point, he pleads, someone has to try to make the peace. His plan ? convoluted and injected with a strong dose of jumping-the-sharkitis ? has the U.S. mole rising to power and forging a peace.

The real-life U.S. plan may have a better chance. At least we hope it does. And, just like the logic in "Homeland," the real-life plot line also begs to finally craft a peace, and stop the madness of escalating tension and, by extension, the possibility of widespread war and the use of nuclear weapons.

Yes there are those who pooh-pooh the secretly negotiated settlement with Iran, but really what choice do we have?

None, said Pres. Obama. "We cannot rule out peaceful solutions to the world's problems. We cannot commit ourselves to an endless cycle of conflict. And tough talk and bluster may be the easy thing to do politically, but it's not the right thing for our security.

Of course we don't totally trust Iran, but Iranian President Hassan Rouhani seems a moderate and seems eager to stop the madness from his perch as well. How can we not proceed? After a ll, it was the U.S. that bears some responsibility for the rise to power of the fundamentalists who took power from the Shah. American dollars propped up the Shah and his regime, subverting democracy. And when the Shah was forced out, only the fundies were organized enough to take power. And look what happened.

Opting for peace should always trump opting for war.

We'll have the latest, tonight at 11.

Also at 11 ? the weather seems likely to play havoc for the holiday getaway. Heavy rains start moving in tomorrow night, lasting thru Wednesday morning, and then heavy winds arrive. And that might threaten people's holiday travel plans AND the Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon-filling festivities on Wednesday night. Meteorologist Lee Goldberg is tracking it all for us, at 11.

We are also taking a closer look at the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre report ? nearly a year after the gun mass murders.

All sorts of details about what happened inside the school ? the 26 teachers, staff and students killed ? but precious little about why. Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old killer, was heavily armed and heavily burdened when he stormed the school. His guns ? bought by his mom ? were all legal, and until that's addressed, then really what can be done to stop this madness? He was obsessed with mass murder and violent video games, and he was mentally ill, suffering from Asbergers' Disorder and a host of anti-social behaviors that, reading the report, give one the creeps.

His poor mom ? having to raise this troubled child. But the report also seems to make clear that she handled the whole thing horribly, including writing him a check for his Christmas present that was not to be: a new gun.

Lanza didn't like to be touched, didn't look people in the eye (including his mom), and didn't like any kind of animals, his birthday, or holidays.

But no one suggested that he was capable of Sandy Hook. No one. Jim Dolan takes a closer look, at 11.

We'll have any breaking news of the night, plus Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER

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