Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Obama To Iran: More Talk And Little Sanctions For A Big Problem

The Iranian nuclear situation appears to be desperate but not serious, at least not to the Obama administration.

Foxnews: U.S. Slaps New Sanctions on Iran Revolutionary Guard Not very broad-based or truly pressure inducing. Hardly a reasonable response to Iran's constant gamesmanship and breaking of every agreement while it pushes to develop nuclear weapons.

It seems that Obama's mantra is to aways talk softly and carry a tiny stick, and never, ever use the stick.

But oh, what talk there has been:
President Obama said he's "bent over backwards" to engage Iran in "constructive" dialogue and the U.S. will push the United Nations to sanction the country. Iran told nuclear inspectors on Wednesday that it will begin higher-grade uranium enrichment within days, Reuters reported.

"That indicates to us that despite their posturing that their nuclear power is only for, for civilian use that they in fact continue to pursue a course that would lead to weaponization," Obama said during a press conference Tuesday. "That is not acceptable to the international community.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the Obama White House has gone further than any administration to reach out to Iran, and called the move "disappointing." He said Tehran is violating a Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and is refusing to sign off on an IAEA-brokered deal that would allow Tehran to be supplied with nuclear fuel for its medical reactor in exchange for its low-enriched uranium (LEU).

"I have never seen an administration reach out in as principled and comprehensive a way as President Obama has done," Gates said in a press conference Tuesday in Ankara, Turkey. "The response has been quite disappointing."
Wow, that could not have been predicted now could it?

Now how has that back-bending and extending a hand been working out lately?

Disappointing isn't it when all the high-faluting platitudes about restoring of America's standing in the world and efforts with "principled and comprehensive" talks instead "cowboy diplomacy" falls flat on their face and garner no results?

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