Friday, May 22, 2015

PICK ONE: Deranged, Mentally Ill, A Statist Liar, or "All of the Above"


Today: “France’s foreign minister says Iran wants 24 days before international inspectors could visit its nuclear sites in the event of a suspected violation of a deal with world powers over its atomic program.” That is an actual news item, not a punchline from the Onion. The report coincides with yesterday’s remarks from Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, that Iran would not let military sites be inspected nor allow investigators to speak with Iranian scientists. If Iran is bent on sticking with these positions, the Obama administration will be hard-pressed to come up with a final deal that passes the straight-face test...

...Even if the president’s negotiators are able to paper over the obvious differences on inspections and disclosure of past military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program and find a solution as to what to do with fissile material, the administration is no longer pursuing dismantling of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure or barring Iran from eventually gaining status as a nuclear power. As a result, his own stated goal — preventing a nuclear arms race — becomes impossible. In fact, the deal sets off the nightmare scenario conservatives and liberals alike harbor — a chaotic Middle East awash with WMDs.

Although, to be fair, perhaps Obama was referring to the danger of climate change brought about by a nuclear winter.

If you want to know about Iran's intentions, please read: The Atomic Mahdi.

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