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White House Seems Giddy about Genocidal, Nuclear Weapons-Developing Mullocracy
By Caroline B. Glick
Before his reelection, Obama felt constrained to pretend that he was serious about preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons. He opposed but then grudgingly signed comprehensive sanctions passed overwhelmingly by both houses of Congress. He told AIPAC that he had Israel’s back.
But now that he’s no longer facing reelection, the jig is up.
JERUSALEM— Speaking to the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Wednesday, Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz explained Israel's concerns about the nuclear negotiations with Iran in Geneva. "We're worried Geneva 2013 will end up like Munich 1938."
Well, the time for worrying has passed. The statements from the Obama administration and the EU following the closing of the first round of talks all made clear that Geneva 2013 is Munich 1938.
Over the past year Iran has installed a thousand sophisticated centrifuges at its nuclear installation at Natanz. These new centrifuges allow Iran to transform 3.5 percent enriched uranium to bomb-grade material (enriched to 90 percent) as quickly as its old centrifuges were capable of transforming 20 percent enriched uranium to weapons-grade levels. So today, 3.5 percent enrichment is as comfortable a jumping-off point for the Iranian weapons program as 20 percent enrichment was a few years ago. Iran's "serious proposal" is a joke.
As Samore told The New York Times, "ending production of 20 percent enriched uranium is not sufficient to prevent breakout, because Iran can produce nuclear weapons using low-enriched uranium and a large number of centrifuge machines."
In a conference call with the Israel Project Wednesday Samore explained, "What they're offering is really no different than what we've heard from the previous government, from [Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad's government for the last couple of years….They continue to reject any physical limits on their enrichment capacity — meaning the number and type of centrifuge machines, the stockpile of enriched material that they have in country. And as far as I can tell, they have continued to reject closing any of their nuclear facilities... I haven't heard of any agreement to halt work or to modify the heavy water research reactor that they're building, and which may be close to operational."
So the Iranians offered nothing this week that they didn't offer in the past. And as a senior administration official told the New York Times, the Iranian program is already so advanced that for there to be time to negotiation a comprehensive agreement, Iran needs to first take steps to halt or even reverse its nuclear program.
And as Samore explained, none of the reports on the conclusion of this week's round of talks indicated any Iranian willingness to take such actions.
The negotiations in Geneva bear an unsettling resemblance to the negotiations the West held with North Korea as it developed nuclear weapons. There too, Western negotiators bragged about new, serious, and unprecedented North Korean "concessions." For its part, Pyongyang used the talks to undermine Western resolve to block its nuclear progress. Just as happened with North Korea, so with Iran, the appeasement crazed press will bring us endless stories about new, serious negotiations documents that will "ensure the peace." The last of the stories will be published the day Iran tests its first atomic bomb.
Since the Iranians are making the same unserious offers they have been making for years why are the Americans and the Europeans hailing the talks as a new beginning? Why is Ashton talking about confidence-building measures?
Why are American commentators and senators talking about various steps the US could take to appease Iran? By midweek talk was rife in Washington about the prospect of unfreezing some of the $50 billion Iranian funds that have been held in escrow in Western banks. Doing so, we were told, would reward the Iranians for being so "serious" but it wouldn't involve directly unraveling the sanctions regime.
All of this is happening because the American and Europeans have changed their game. The only serious development of this week is the revelation of their new game.
The Iranians remain committed to developing nuclear weapons. But the US and Europe have stopped even paying lip service to stopping them. Instead, the US and Europe aim to destroy domestic Western opposition to Iran's nuclear program. This is the new American/European game plan. This is what stands behind all the nonsensical talk of "serious" Iranian proposals.
Before his reelection, Obama felt constrained to pretend that he was serious about preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons. He opposed but then grudgingly signed comprehensive sanctions passed overwhelmingly by both houses of Congress. He told AIPAC that he had Israel's back.
But now that he's no longer facing reelection, the jig is up. Obama's new goal, which is enthusiastically supported by Ashton and her comrades in Brussels, is to use the new negotiations with Iran's phony baloney "moderate" new President — to give himself political cover to open the door to Iran acquiring nuclear bombs. Obama doesn't want to prevent Iran from getting the bomb. He wants to insulate himself from criticism when it gets the bomb.
Not only do the White House's lies about Iran's new "level of seriousness" give Obama the maneuver room to pretend he's acting responsibly, they also trap Israel into inaction. After all, how could Israel possibly bomb Iran's nuclear installations when Iran is negotiating so seriously, and is "this close" to making a groundbreaking agreement?
We shouldn't be surprised by this state of affairs. Obama has never acted in good faith with Israel.
Take the latest news on Turkey, for example. Thursday, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius reported that last year NATO member Turkey gave Iranian intelligence the identities of up to ten Iranian agents working for Mossad after they met with their Israeli case officers in Turkey. Turkey's action was a shocking betrayal of what was supposed to be a goal it shared with Israel and the US — preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Turkey willfully harmed Israeli efforts to achieve this goal by turning in ten Israeli agents.
Rather than taking action against Turkey, or simply acknowledging that the actions of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan represented a fundamental shift in Turkey's strategic outlook, Obama shrugged off Turkey's betrayal. The US didn't even protest Turkey's despicable deed. Instead, as Ignatius noted, "Turkish-American relations continued warming last year to the point that Erdogan was among Obama's key confidants."
A few months after Turkey colluded with Iran against Israel, Obama coerced Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu into apologizing to Erdogan for Israel's lawful maritime interdiction of the Mavi Marmara as it unlawfully sought to breach Israel's blockade of the Hamas-controlled Gaza coastline.
No doubt, in making this concession Netanyahu believed that he would win Obama's good will. In a similar fashion, in the hope of appeasing Obama, Netanyahu has made concession after concession to the Palestinians — from drastically downgrading Jewish property rights in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem to releasing Palestinian murderers from prison.
Yet in all of these cases, Obama has pocketed Israel's concessions and demanded more concessions. In all these cases, Obama's allies have used the concessions to present a picture of Israel as both an ungrateful and unhelpful ally, and as a weakling. And in the meantime, Obama has facilitated EU sanctions against Israel. He has leaked top secret Israeli intelligence operations to the media. He has repeatedly threatened to abandon Israel at the UN Security Council. He has supported the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. And now he is involved in negotiations with Iran that will necessarily lead to Iran's emergence as a nuclear power.
From Netanyahu's repeated declarations that Israel will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons, it is unclear whether he realizes what is going on. More than anything else, those statements represent an attempt to negotiate with Obama. Netanyahu is still trying to win Obama over.
If there was ever an argument to be made in favor of Netanyahu's pleading, their time is long past. In nothing else, the obscene diplomatic theater in Geneva this week made that clear.
Israel is alone. We have no diplomatic option. No matter what Israel says, no matter what it does, neither the US nor any other Western power is ever going to be convinced to take the only step that would set back Iran's nuclear program — bombing Iran's nuclear installations. No matter what, neither Obama nor any European leader will ever support an Israeli military strike on Iran's nuclear installations.
Israel's back is to the wall. That is the meaning of the talks in Geneva. If we aren't prepared to live with a nuclear armed Iran then we have to stop talking and start acting. And we need to prepare for the diplomatic hell that will break loose thereafter.
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