An article under a recent headline from the masters of the obvious over at the New York Times: U.S. Wonders If Iran Is Playing For Time discusses the following:
President Obama got what he said he wanted when United States negotiators met with their Iranian counterparts this week in Geneva: direct engagement, without preconditions, with Iran. Wow. Iran has agreed to meet with the U.S. without preconditions? That is quite a coup, Mr. President. Maybe if we’re really nice, Hamas will give us an audience soon.
But the trick now for Mr. Obama, administration officials concede, will be to avoid getting tripped up. In other words, is the Iranian government serious this time? No worries, folks. Iran is most certainly serious now. They are, after all, dealing with OBAMA.
The clearest risk is that the Iranians may play for time, as they have often been accused of doing in the past, making promises and encouraging more meetings, while waiting for political currents to change or the closed ranks among the Western allies to break. Again, there is NO way the Iranians are not completely sincere this time. Obama has been so understanding and accomodating, so respectful of their beliefs, he has completely won them over.
After Tehran agreed to send most of its openly declared enriched uranium outside Iran to be turned into fuel, Obama administration officials were clearly walking a fine line on Thursday between celebrating what could be a possible breakthrough in international efforts to rein in Iran’s nuclear ambitions and sounding appropriately skeptical that the administration was not going to be played by Tehran. Played by the Iranians? Certainly not. Iran has agreed to have their uranium processed by the RUSSIANS, and we know we can trust them implicitly.
“Taking the step of transferring its low-enriched uranium to a third country would be a step towards building confidence that Iran’s program is in fact peaceful,” Mr. Obama said Thursday. Why doesn’t this article ever point out that the third country receiving the uranium is Russia? We should be proud of this multi-culturalism – – shout it from the rooftops!
It was, in many ways, the exact opposite of what a White House usually does after major international talks. Instead of painting lukewarm concessions as major breakthroughs and going on and on about “warm substantive” meetings, officials were treating a potentially major breakthrough as if it were a suspicious package. Yeah. No spin going on at all. Even if there was, the New York Times would see through it immediately and point it out to us. They don’t let Obama get away with anything, hard-hitting journalists that they are.
For the administration, though, the problem is that no one is certain that the Iranian government will actually do what Western officials say that it has now agreed to do. In fact, on Friday, less than 24 hours after the talks in Geneva broke up, Iranian officials did not sound as if they thought they had promised anything. “No, no!” Mehdi Saffare, Iran’s ambassador to Britain and a member of the Iranian delegation to the negotiations, said, according to the Associated Press. He said that the idea of sending Iran’s enriched uranium out of the county had “not been discussed yet.” Obviously, some Iranian officials did not get the memo. There is a great deal to admire in America now – – just listen to Obama’s speech to the U.N. and you will see. You can trust us.
In recent weeks, Mr. Obama has also secured — at least for now — some support from Russia, which emerged after Mr. Obama decided to replace the missile defense program in Eastern Europe favored by President Georege W. Bush with a version less threatening to Moscow. President Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia signaled for the first time that Russia would be amenable to longstanding American requests to toughen sanctions against Iran if the nuclear talks failed. You see? We didn’t betray our European allies for nothing! We have gotten a signal that the Russians MAY consider sanctions against Iran. Even though the Times has purposely kept it vague, the sanctions the world is looking for would be energy sanctions, which Russia has always been reluctant to impose due to the symbiotic relationship it shares with Iran.