The U.S.’s Iran Delusion

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The United State of America is “not setting deadlines” on Iran and is still committed to negotiations which are “by far the best approach” to prevent Tehran from becoming a nuclear power, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared last week.

To ensure the message was not lost in Hebrew translation, US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland elaborated the next day, “it is not useful to be…setting deadlines one way or the other [or] red lines.”

So according to the US’s top diplomats, representatives of president Barack Obama who describes the prospect of a nuclear Iran as “unacceptable,” it is detrimental to delineate the thresholds of the intolerable, which at the very least would make the Iranians think twice before dashing towards nuclearization.

Hypocrisy, like Iran’s nuclear progress, knows no bounds.

Notably, Clinton’s comments came hours after Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stated that all efforts to curb Iran’s nuclear progress thus far have failed “because [Iran] doesn’t see a clear red line from the international community.”

So much for the US and Israel being on the same page; consider the Obama administration’s vehement refusal to place any limits on Iran’s nuclear progress as a sharp rebuke of Jerusalem. This is the same “pro-Israel” Obama, mind you, that the majority of American Jews will vote to re-empower in November, and to whom a significant segment of Israeli officialdom deems it prudent to outsource the responsibility of dealing with the Iranian nuclear—existential—threat.

Not to worry, they say. Obama “has Israel’s back.” That is, besides the fact that his administration has completely eroded the credibility of the “military option.”

So how exactly does Obama intend to stop Iran from achieving nuclear status? According to Clinton, “we’re convinced that we have more time to focus on these sanctions, to do everything we can to bring Iran to a good-faith negotiation.”

Given the monumental failure of the three-staged talks conducted between world powers and Iran earlier this year in Istanbul, Baghdad, and Moscow, that leaves sanctions as the US’s most plausible measure.

In Hillary’s estimation, “the sanctions, we know, are having an effect.”

Yet the administration is playing a fool’s game, predicated on invoking Iran’s struggling economy to mask a flawed policy. After all, it is impossible to deny that sanctions are indeed “hurting.” This argument, however, is deceptive, as a devalued rial is merely a means to an end—halting Iran’s nuclear program.

In this respect, sanctions have failed miserably. In fact, the International Atomic Energy Agency’s August report showed that sanctions are having the exact opposite effect of the one intended: Iran is accelerating its nuclear program.

The IAEA confirmed that Iran doubled since May the number of centrifuges installed at its underground Fordow facility, and produced an additional 145kg of higher-grade enriched uranium over the same period. The report again accused Iran of sanitizing its Parchin military complex, at which suspected nuclear-related experiments have been conducted.

That Iran’s response to sanctions—particularly the embargo on Iranian oil imports implemented by the EU in July—is to fast-track its nuclear program proves the regime’s intent to build nuclear weapons. Iran was left with two choices in the face of international sanctions: Stop the suffering by curbing its nuclear progress, or limit the overall suffering by going nuclear as quickly as possible.

The Iranians have chosen the latter.

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  • EthanP

    Poll after poll of Iranian citizens shows that, no matter what their politics, religious views or age, they want an Iranian A-bomb. Love or hate America, they want to use it on Israel. And what sanctions? Russia, India and China have all been given a pass! Barak HUSSEIN Obama will shed a tear for the destruction of Israel he is abetting.

  • PaulRevereNow

    Israel was alone in 1973, during the Yom Kippur war. This time, the stakes are higher, but what is the alternative? A nuclear armed Iran, that will use nuclear warheads against Israel. May as well hit Iran first.

  • oldtimer

    What ever the IAEA thinks the Iranians have stockpiled, be sure that it's much more. And as for HC, didn't she have security teams at the consulates armed with "rubber" bullets…… STUPID..and does she still want to run for president in 2016?

  • Mike

    There will be alot of blood shed with this coming war with Iran/Israel but it will be mostly islam blood. The God of Israel will not allow Israel to be destroyed again, not after the re-birth of her in 1948. The one who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps and Jerusalem is the apple of his eye. Stand back and watch as Jehova destroys the enemies of his land Israel.

    • TheGimp

      Yeah, I never understood God's fascination with Israel. Something to do with Abraham being a really swell guy? I guess the rest of us gentiles can go pound sand, as far as He's concerned.

  • Schlomotion

    Congratulations to Mr. Bybelezer for moving to Israel from his former political pulpit in Montreal. The tone of this article however, casts the US leadership as "hypocrites" for not toeing Mr. Netanyahu's front line. The vast history of Mr. Bybelezer's other articles also purported to dictate America's moral rights from across the Maple Curtain. Now they are coming from even farther away, but are no less shrill. Israel is free to act out its "back against the wall" routine. Netanyahu is just mad that the US won't knock down one of his enemies for him. Too bad.

    • Roger

      Schlo, you're still the schlubb.

      Israel does have it's back to the wall. Not just one wall but every wall. Can you even give one border without a hostile neighbor?

      The goal to erase them, or push them into the sea has never changed even from behind your 'maple curtain' metaphor.

    • Ghostwriter

      What part of A-jad's stated desire to wipe Israel off the map don't you understand? Or are you so filled with anti-Jewish hatred to understand it?

  • Omar

    Why doesn't the whole world campaign a BDS campaign against Iran? The mullah's regime has repeatedly stated that Israel should be "wiped off the map" Yet, the regime in Iran doesn't face any punishments from the international community. Now that's a double standards.

  • Chanameel

    Al Barack – name of mohammed's horse that he rode when he captured Medina
    ._Hussein – name of the third Imam_
    Obama in Persian means "he is with us."
    _Armilus, to whom Islam sees as the savior and brings Islam to the whole world,
    A tyrant who established power by means of deceptive signs.
    (to Bible believers, this is the anti-messiah, the incarnation of pure evil.)
    Egypt and the King of the South. Ancient name -Mizaim – "One of the sons of Ham." Kernet (Egypt) –
    The Black Land" or the Land of Ham." Bible .org Chapt X1 Harag and Ishmael – progenitor of the Arabian Tribes.
    (Haters of Israel)

  • Chanameel

    Hagar and Ishmael. Ishmael – progenitor of the Arabian Tribes.

  • Jaime

    Israel started destroying Iranian uranium enrichment facilities and long range missiles (Google Isfahan) back in November until stopped by Obama and Hillary Clinton. Less than a month ago the electric lines to the centrifuges installations were attacked. Israel has the capability to, little by little, destroy Iran without missiles, airplanes or ground troops. Remember what Israeli General Gantz referred as "unnatural events".