The Obama Administration seems to be less-than-opposed to some form of interaction with Iran regarding the threat of ISIS. Speaking to Wolf Blitzer last night, State Department spokeswoman “categorically reject[ed]” the idea that the US would cooperate with Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria, but was somewhat less insistent on the subject of Iran [transcript via National Review]:
“What about Iran?” Blitzer asked, claiming that Secretary of State John Kerry has already suggested “coordination” between the United States and the Shiite theocracy.“Well, not coordination,” Harf said. “What he’s suggesting is that we’re open to conversations with them. We’ve already had a few on the sidelines on the nuclear negotiations we had the last few months in Vienna, where we talked to them about Iraq. Because they know ISIL poses a threat to them as well.”“So we’re open to that conversation,” she continued. “We won’t be coordinating with them, either. But they certainly have a role to play here, if they can support the new, inclusive government in Iraq . . . We are open to having a conversation with them about this shared threat.”Harf specified that the United States wants Iran to “support” the Iraqi government and Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State — likely a reference to military assistance as well as political and economic aid.