A powerful Iranian lawmaker has joined criticism of United Nations plans for Tehran to ship uranium abroad for enrichment in a new blow to Barack Obama's diplomatic approach.We (or the Liberal Left part of "we" anyway) think talking is always a good thing because it can lead somewhere.
The senior legislator's comments came a day after Iran missed a deadline to respond to the International Atomic Energy Agency on a deal backed by the US, European powers and Russia - bringing President Barack Obama's policy of diplomatic engagement with Tehran close to collapse.
But that is only true if both parties are negotiating in good faith. My belief is that the Iranians only see these talks as a delaying tactic. The US won't attack them if they are talking. And maybe the US will sit on Israel at the same time. (What are the odds of that?)
The government has now said that it will respond to the proposals by the middle of the week. But the regime's intransigence is an increasing embarrassment to President Obama.Only because he painted himself into this corner.
Oh, I know he said something like "non-compliance will result in sanctions," and then he threw the Poles and Czechs under the bus (vis a vie the missile shield*) to get the Russians to go along with sanctions. How did that work? Putin couldn't be bothered to meet with Sec. Clinton when she was in Moscow (he was in Siberia). And when Putin was in China, he threw a wet blanket on the idea that Russia would go along with sanctioning Iran.
Iran will face no penalties (really) if they refuse to go along with the UN. And they don't want to go along with the UN. Do you think the will go along with this plan?
So, let me see if I have this straight. Obama abrogated a treaty, unilaterally, with a good friend - Poland - in the hopes that Russia would do something opposed to its own best interest, on the hopes that the threat of Russia opposing its best interest (and helping American status) would get the Iranian regime to do something it clearly doesn't want to do. He must be smarter than me because I can't see how that could possibly work. But then it isn't working, so...
I can see why he has so much time to build enemies lists. I wonder if I'm on the list.
* On the subject of missile shields: The Poles, et al will get to be involved with the the naval version of the missile shield which should be available in 2018. Hope the Iranians don't get those long-range ballistic missiles going before then. And is Biden really the guy to go mend fences?