Thursday, October 29, 2009

Hollow Victories for the Empty Suit

Further proof that "The Emperor has no clothes", today Iran has given it's initial response to the negotiated proposal that theoretically and supposedly would prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons.

Ahmadinejad says West now cooperating with Iran

The very premise of how this proposal would prevent Iran from producing a nuclear weapon is flimsy at best. Slow down the time line to which they will produce a nuclear weapon? Maybe. But Obama cannot even get the Mullahs to agree to the plan. But it gets worse. While Iran continues to play out the clock and thumb their noses at the west,they are using Obama's new foreign policy approach to calm their restless citizens and ingratiate themselves to parlimentary feelgooders around the world.
"Today we reached a very important point," Ahmadinejad said, speaking at a rally in the northeastern city of Mashhad. "Ground has been paved for nuclear cooperation" and Tehran is ready to now work on nuclear fuel supplies and technical know-how with the U.N. nuclear watchdog, Ahmadinejad added.
But he insisted his government "will not retreat even an iota" over the nation's right to pursue a nuclear program — which the West fears masks a nuclear arms ambition.
 Again, the Iranians play the Narcissist-in-Chief by appealing to his need for a foreign policy victory, and his need to continue to be the great U.N. hope for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Western powers say it's critical for Iran to send out 70 percent of its uranium store in one load to eliminate — at least temporarily — its options to make a nuclear weapon.
A significantly lower amount or gradual shipments by Iran could jeopardize a key part of the proposal, which was reached after talks last week that included the United States. About 2,205 pounds (1,000 kilograms) is the commonly accepted amount of low-enriched uranium needed to produce weapons-grade uranium for a single nuclear warhead.
 Even this weak attempt to slow down the Mullahs efforts to produce nuclear arms is being rebuffed. The way things are going it looks as though the president will accept a deal where Iranians ship small amounts of uranium for enrichment by first world technology and in real terms not diminish their stock pile a single kilo. And Obama will take this deal because he thinks it will play as a victory for him on the foreign policy world stage.

Back at home, it is very likely that the health care bill that gets to the presidents desk will not be the sweeping reform he was hoping for. At best it will be a bill that hobbles private insurance and possibly creates a mortgage bubble like crises that then permits the government to step in and take over. No matter what bill passes, he will however, claim a victory.

President Obama thus far has been an empty, but very fashionable, suit. Yet, it appears that his accomplishments on his primary foreign and domestic initiatives will be hollow victories.
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