"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
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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Western Powers take Case to U.N. Security Council

The U.S., Britain and France will be doing a briefing, however it will likely lack any teeth.


Western allies probably will not distribute a text that Russia and China still oppose. Moscow and Beijing fear it would be a step toward sanctions or even military action, although the draft will not threaten either measure.
Nicholas Burns, U.S. under-secretary of state for political affairs, expressed frustration with Russia and China.
"It's time for countries to take responsibilities, especially those countries that have close relationships with Iran."
You don't say. This should go well.

According to Mosnews:
Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the lower house of parliament’s foreign affairs committee, told Ekho Moskvy radio that he expected agreement on a milder resolution on May 9 at a meeting of foreign ministers in New York. This could give Iran a deadline of 1-3 months to meet demands to stop uranium enrichment. If that deadline expired without result, Kosachev said, a new Security Council resolution would be required to impose sanctions on Iran.
If this softer deadline works it's way to the top we can continue viewing U.N. accomplishments in action.

But hey, Iran can't be too much of a threat or worry, although Morning Coffee pointed out one of the more recent pronouncements from the republic during its quest for "peaceful" nukes.

Which words do we take them at? That they are not developing weapons or that they want to wipe Israel off the face of the earth? One makes the other much easier.


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