Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Verifiable Freeze

"Iran must commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached, but the odds are still against sealing a final agreement, U.S. President Barack Obama told Reuters on Monday."  (Yahoo News)

Mr. Obama's history of holding despots to deadlines is unremarkable to say the least.  He famously established a "red-line" for the use of chemical weapons by Syria.  He continues refusing to label either Daesh or Boko Haram as radical Islamic groups.  He supported a coup in the Ukraine and then blinked when Putin played chicken.  North Korea has not been engaged much less contained.  The famous pivot to Asia has done nothing to curtail China's ambitions.

As I wrote about yesterday, Mr. Obama is once again sending mixed signals to Iran.  He wants them to kowtow to his intellectual bluster, however he has taken far more serious actions towards Israel.  In short, what does Iran stand to lose should they not comply with Mr. Obama?  And where are the partners Mr. Obama supposedly was rallying to bring Iran into compliance?

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