Rug Buying

For those paying attention, which few Americans are, the nuclear talks with Iran are following the typical “rug buying” format I discussed earlier.

At each juncture, the Iranians demand (and get) new concessions to achieve what we naively think is the final deal. No, it’s just the starting point for the next round of negotiations, at which they will seek more concessions.

They’re very good at it—been practicing for thousands of years. They do not see it as bad faith; that’s just how bargaining is done in the Middle East.

We, on the other hand, are fools.