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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Bolton: Right again on Iran

Richard Grennell, the spokesman for four US ambassadors to the United Nations, points out that John Bolton was right again on Iran. Within hours after the Obama administration declared 'victory' in the fight to get Iran to give up its nuclear weapons, Bolton called the deal a sham (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).
When the Obama Administration proclaimed victory on October 1st by announcing that a break-through had been reached in Geneva and that Iran had committed to shipping 2,600 pounds of fuel to Russia, expert Iran watchers were appropriately cynical. Bolton cautioned, yet again, that the Iranians had used some of the same diplomatic nuances they had been using for years to successfully buy more time to continue enriching uranium and fake cooperation with the international community.

Usually, the Europeans were the first to take the bait but this time the Obama Administration got hooked first. Bolton, however, was the first to stand up and call the Iranian pronouncement a sham - and he did it within hours of the announcement.

But as Obama officials were rushing to pat themselves on the back and the New York Times was proclaiming atop the paper "Iran Agrees to Send Enriched Uranium to Russia," Iranian officials were telling reporters that they had not committed to anything. The Iranians called it "an agreement in principle" - code words for "we'd like to but…"

The Times' reporter in Geneva, however, was taking what the Obama officials were saying and running wildly with the incredible news. Surprisingly, or maybe not, the Times had either not checked with Iranian officials or ignored their warnings in favor of the Obama Administration's good news. Roughly a month later, the Iranian official statements confirmed the fact that the Obama Administration had been duped. The Times subsequently inched its way back to reality through multiple follow-up stories that increasingly showed skepticism in the Victory claims culminating with October 30th's headline "Tehran Rejects Nuclear Accord."
Bolton is one of the few people who understands the Iranian threat, and he says that the only way it will be stopped is with military action - probably by Israel. Maybe it's time for all of us to listen to him.

Read the whole thing.


At 1:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bolton should be listened to, I believe he is spot on. I am sorry that our country, will not do what needs to done in Iran. Obama is a pacifist, and worse. I pray for God's hand of protection over Israel, and He will give Israel success, and safety for whatever needs to be done. Shalom, Karen of Ohio

At 6:22 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Obama Administration and the media got played. And now Iran is refusing to do any kind of deal with the West. Its too late for sanctions.

That leaves only one option. The only question left is when it will be exercised.


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