"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

CNN.com - Cheney: Iran must not have nuclear weapons - Mar 7, 2006

CNN.com - Cheney: Iran must not have nuclear weapons - Mar 7, 2006

The Int'l community needs to take the same stance here. If any of those involved indicate in anyway, shape or form, that these are not just idle threats, Iran will likely continue on its present course.

An anonymous source/diplomat "told The Associated Press that Iran is offering to suspend full-scale uranium enrichment for up to two years. The offer reflected Tehran's attempts to escape Security Council action over the activity, which can be used to make nuclear arms." Being that this individual is anonymous doesn't help much and indicates to me that they are over stepping their bounds.

Here's a thought regarding the above quote; Iran offered to suspend "full-scale" enrichment, but will continue "small-scale" enrichment. So my guess is while the U.N. and the rest play the diplomatic farce, we can probably assume that building the means for "full-scale" enrichment is attainable within two years.

Meanwhile, Mohammed ElBaradei, of the U.N.s IAEA and awardee of the Nobel Peace Prize said recently that "I am still very much hopeful that in the next week an agreement could be reached."'

Today, "Elbaradei, in his opening address expressed delight over the beginning of the new round of Iran-EU talks and hoped such negotiations would be pursued in pursuit of a constructive solution." This according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

Yet, the other day Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Larijani said, "If Iranian nuclear program is reported to Security Council, there will remain no place for Russian proposal."

For diplomats, and I don't mean the military type, always remain confident and hopeful; it's their job. If so much of what they did was referred to in the terms of failure; we wouldn't think too much of them would we. If a "small-scale" deal were to be agreed to, look to have a fairly quiet two years on the Iran front and expect "full-scale" nukes at the ready.


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