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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

David Ignatius, "The delicate path ahead on Iran": A Visit to Disneyland

The delusional nature of the US State Department's purported "fact sheet," detailing the Lausanne nuclear development framework with Iran, is becoming increasingly apparent. As reported yesterday by Fars News:

"Iran's foreign minister and nuclear chief both told a closed-door session of the parliament on Tuesday that the country would inject UF6 gas into the latest generation of its centrifuge machines as soon as a final nuclear deal goes into effect by Tehran and the six world powers."

Responding to this revelation, The Times of Israel writes today:

"Iran will begin using its latest generation IR-8 centrifuges as soon as its nuclear deal with the world powers goes into effect, Iran’s foreign minister and nuclear chief told members of parliament on Tuesday, according to Iran’s semi-official FARS news agency.

If accurate, the report makes a mockery of the world powers’ much-hailed framework agreement with Iran, since such a move clearly breaches the US-published terms of the deal, and would dramatically accelerate Iran’s potential progress to the bomb."

But this report obviously doesn't have Obama's cheerleader at The Washington Post, David Ignatius, troubled. In a WaPo opinion piece entitled The delicate path ahead on Iran," which is reminiscent of a visit to Disneyland, Ignatius tells us:

"There’s a buoyant sense at the White House this week — a feeling that a much-embattled President Obama has achieved the goal he set in January 2009 of engaging Iran on the basis of 'mutual interest and mutual respect.'"

Obama "has achieved the goal he set in January 2009"? Oh really. As The Washington Post recently declared in an editorial entitled "Obama’s Iran deal falls far short of his own goals":

"THE 'KEY parameters' for an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program released Thursday fall well short of the goals originally set by the Obama administration. None of Iran’s nuclear facilities — including the Fordow center buried under a mountain — will be closed. Not one of the country’s 19,000 centrifuges will be dismantled. Tehran’s existing stockpile of enriched uranium will be 'reduced' but not necessarily shipped out of the country. In effect, Iran’s nuclear infrastructure will remain intact, though some of it will be mothballed for 10 years. When the accord lapses, the Islamic republic will instantly become a threshold nuclear state.

That’s a long way from the standard set by President Obama in 2012 when he declared that 'the deal we’ll accept' with Iran 'is that they end their nuclear program' and 'abide by the U.N. resolutions that have been in place.' Those resolutions call for Iran to suspend the enrichment of uranium. Instead, under the agreement announced Thursday, enrichment will continue with 5,000 centrifuges for a decade, and all restraints on it will end in 15 years."

"Mutual respect"? No mention by Ignatius of the incarceration of his Washington Post colleague, Jason Rezaian, who is rotting away in Iran's notorious Evin Prison.

Ignatius continues:

"Obama’s outreach to Iran has been shaped from the beginning by his effort to understand how Iranians see the world — and to distinguish between truly dangerous, aggressive actions and more comprehensible defensive moves. This empathetic view is part of what irks Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But centuries of diplomatic history suggest that such an ability to see the world through the adversary’s eyes is essential for effective negotiation."

How does Iran see the world? Annihilation of Israel is certainly envisioned by Iran, as again explicitly stated in Khamenei's November 2014 tweet:

"This barbaric, wolflike & infanticidal regime of #Israel which spares no crime has no cure but to be annihilated."

And then there are also Iran's efforts, for example, to exterminate homosexuals and to make the lives of its Baha'i minority a living hell. But wait, there's more! Contemplating a Middle East nuclear arms race occasioned by Obama's "deal" with Iran, Ignatius would have us know:

"Even as it negotiates with Iran, the administration might extend security guarantees to the Gulf States, pledging to come to their defense if attacked by external powers. (Tricky question: Would that include a strike from Israel?)"

Israel might attack Kuwait or the UAE? Yeah, right. Dream on, David. Let us know if you ever decide to return to reality.

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