Non-Unique – Retreat Now
US retreating now
, “Obama's many retreats signal U.S. weakness,” Washington Post, Friday, May 21,
It is perfectly obvious that Iran's latest uranium maneuver
, brokered by Brazil and
is a ruse
Iran retains more than enough enriched uranium to make a bomb. And it continues enriching
at an accelerated pace and to a greater purity (20 percent). Which is why the French foreign ministry
immediately declared that the trumpeted temporary shipping of some Iranian uranium to Turkey will do nothing
to halt Iran's nuclear program.
It will, however, make meaningful sanctions more difficult.
Security Council resolution is already laughably weak
-- no blacklisting of Iran's central bank, no sanctions
against Iran's oil and gas industry, no nonconsensual inspections on the high seas.
Yet Turkey and Brazil
both current members of the Security Council --
are so opposed to sanctions that they will not even discuss
the resolution. And China will now have a new excuse to weaken it further
But the deeper meaning of the
uranium-export stunt is the brazenness with which Brazil and Turkey gave cover to the mullahs' nuclear
ambitions and deliberately undermined U.S. efforts to curb Iran's program.
The real news is that already
notorious photo: the president of Brazil, our largest ally in Latin America, and the prime minister of Turkey, for
more than half a century the Muslim anchor of NATO, raising hands together with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the
most virulently anti-American leader in the world.
-- a defiant, triumphant take-that-Uncle-Sam
is a crushing verdict on the Obama foreign policy. It demonstrates how rising powers, traditional
American allies, having watched this administration in action, have decided that there's no cost in lining
up with America's enemies and no profit in lining up with a U.S. president given to
Obama's humiliating attempts to appease Iran
, as every rejected
overture is met with abjectly renewed U.S. negotiating offers.
American acquiescence reached such a point that
the president was late, hesitant and flaccid in expressing even rhetorical support for democracy demonstrators
who were being brutally suppressed and whose call for regime change offered the potential for the most