Iran's Darth Vader to Obama's Lando Calrissian: "I'm altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further."
As you no doubt know, there's already a debate over whether last week's P5+1 interim agreement actually freezes Iran's uranium track the way it's supposed to. The language seems to allow Iranian scientists to continue enriching uranium, as long as they convert anything over their current stock of 3.5% into oxide. But the oxide can easily be reconverted back into material suitable for further enriching to weapons-grade levels: Mark Hibbs over at Arms Control Wonk says it only takes a few weeks, Olli Heinonen and Simon Henderson have similar numbers, etc. So 6 months from now Iran ends up with the same amount of centrifuges (19,000) and more nuclear material than they have now. As far as Iran's plutonium track goes, the interim deal was supposed to halt progress on Iran's Arak facility, which has a heavy water production facility and a plutonium-breeding reactor. Per statements made overnight by Zarif, not so much. This is becoming like a scene out of Empire. Iran keeps altering the deal and telling us to pray they don't alter it any further. Of course it could be that they're not altering the deal at all, and they're telling the truth when they say that the initial WH description of the agreement was flat out false - either way it'd be nice to know how the deal can count as a "freeze" when Iran ends up with more uranium enriched and more progress made on its plutonium-breeding facility.If Iran is Vader, and Obama is Lando ... then maybe I'm Han Solo because I've got a bad feeling about this. Oh, I also added some underlining and bold for emphasis. PS -- Also, it looks like Iran is trying to become a player in Somalia of all places.
Posted by: EROWMER at November 27, 2013 06:10 PM
You know, just like he did with that legislation he called "Obamacare"?
Posted by: Valerie at November 27, 2013 07:07 PM
Posted by: Greyrooster at November 27, 2013 11:44 PM
And Lando came up with a plan for deals being altered further.
Obama is more like the guys in the compound in Road Warrior who listen to Humungus and agree they should just walk away, saying "he's a reasonable man".
Posted by: ShortTimer at November 28, 2013 01:51 AM
Posted by: KIM at November 28, 2013 10:48 AM
Posted by: heydiddlediddle at November 29, 2013 06:21 AM
Satan applauds his tools - the Iranian leaders and Obama.
Posted by: heydiddlediddle at November 29, 2013 06:26 AM
Before the normal "they are ruled by despots and fear for their lives, bla, bla, bla" chimes in."
They lived under the same threat before they remove the Shah. Not only that but the Shah had unlimite funing and the backing of the Unite States.
Therefore there must be other reasons. Are they not only controlled by the mad Moolas but also by their antiquated religion? Do they believe in Islam so much that they are willing to live under tyrants, suffer through boycotts, live without things their youth surely wants (dancing, music, Big Mac's, ham sandwiches, alcohol, etc:) all for the sake of their chosen religion?
Iran is a weird unanswered question. I've known many Iranians, mostly engineers. The only thing I've noticed they have in common is STUBBORN.
They are stubborn to the extent that they will hurt themselves rather than give in to a better plan, method or idea. This seems to be a middle east trait.
Stubborn, brained into following the written word of a religion, coupled along with an undying hatred for Israel.
Now it looks like they have outlasted the will of the modern west. Face it. The west is caving it to them. To win what they want all they had to do was wait for the Western world to come up with a leader named Obama. One with a power base more concerned about race than country.
The row to hoe is getting longer and longer. Soon it will be too long to hoe and the weeds will win.
Posted by: Greyrooster at November 29, 2013 09:29 AM
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