Obama reaches out to Iran, Ahmadinejad smacks Obama in the face. It seems as if this little game has been going on for years truth Obama began is outreach program less than a year ago and it has been an utter failure.
One of the first lessons of both parenting and dealing with despots is you don’t make promises you can’t keep. And that’s all the POTUS has been doing.
Two weeks ago Obama walked into the press room of the White House for an impromptu statement,
“[Their refusal to negotiate] indicates to us that despite their posturing that their nuclear power is only for civilian use, that they in fact continue to pursue a course that leads to weaponization and that is unacceptable to the international community. The next step is sanctions. they have made their choice so far but the door is still open.
Its the Presidential equivalent of “OK Johnny, Stop stabbing your sister I am getting Angry.”
Iran said on Monday it is considering plans to build two new uranium enrichment plants concealed inside mountains to avert air strikes, drawing condemnation from the United States.
The announcement from Iran’s atomic chief Ali Akbar Salehi came soon after top US General David Petraeus warned that Washington would now pursue a “pressure track” against Iran to thwart its galloping nuclear programme.
Pressure Track? Forgive me General but shouldn’t we have undertaken a pressure track 14 months ago?
According to the latest UN nuclear watchdog report, Iran has installed in Natanz 8,610 centrifuges, the device which rotates at supersonic speed to enrich uranium.
Of these, 3,772 centrifuges are actively enriching uranium under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Salehi said the new plants will be equipped with new generation centrifuges and the facilities would be hidden in mountains so as to protect them from “any attacks.”
The United States said the move showed Iran rejected diplomatic engagement with the international community.
Ya think? Rejected diplomatic engagement? Ahmadinejad rejected America “at hello.”
“This is further evidence that Iran refuses to engage cooperatively and constructively with the IAEA,” State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters.
The top US military officer said that any military strike against Iran would not be “decisive” in countering its nuclear programme.
“No strike, however effective, will be in and of itself decisive,” Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a news conference, adding that he supported using diplomatic and economic pressure against Iran.
Elsewhere on the diplomatic front, European nations meeting in Brussels appeared divided over boosting sanctions against Iran.
“Unhappily all the actions by the Iranian side for weeks confirm that we must move to (more) sanctions,” French European Affairs Minister Pierre Lellouche said.
But several of his EU counterparts said diplomacy had not run its course and insisted on the need for a UN Security Council decision.
On Sunday, Petraeus said the United States, which along with its ally Israel has not ruled out military strikes against Iran’s nuclear sites, would increase pressure on Tehran.
“I think that no one at the end of this time can say that the United States and the rest of the world have not given Iran every opportunity to resolve the issues diplomatically,” said Petraeus, head of US Central Command.
“That puts us in a solid foundation now to go on what is termed the pressure track. That’s the course on which we are embarked now,” he told NBC television.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday insisted “now” was the time for new sanctions on Iran’s oil exports.
World powers suspect Iran is enriching uranium to make nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies.
President Obama has been threatening sanctions for months, at this rate he is going to to absolutely nothing until its much too late…if even then.