Tuesday, August 05, 2008


Talking To The Mullahs...

...while ignoring their threats

William Katz links to this piece from John Bolton:
This weekend, yet another "deadline" passed for Iran to indicate it was seriously ready to discuss ending its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Like so many other deadlines during these five years of European-led negotiations, this one died quietly, with Brussels diplomats saying that no one seriously expected any real work on a Saturday.
Bolton's conclusion:
Iran is pursuing two goals simultaneously, both of which it is comfortably close to achieving. The first -- to possess all the capabilities necessary for a deliverable nuclear weapon -- is now almost certainly impossible to stop diplomatically. Thus, Iran's second objective becomes critical: to make the risks of a military strike against its program too high, and to make the likelihood of success in fracturing the program too low. Time favors Iran in achieving these goals. U.S. and European diplomats should consider this while waiting by the telephone for Iran to call.
Katz's conclusion:
They won't consider it. It's too convenient just to talk, and hope for the best, and not let facts get in the way.

Do you sense a grim situation down the road?
I sure do.

Meanwhile, Iran threatens mischief to stem the recent decline in the price of oil. I wish someone would ask Obama and the Democratic leadership why, regarding oil prices, they share the same goal as the mullahs, and why more money for the mullahs is a good thing.


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