While many in the media will generously report about 'an agreement to keep trying to agree,' -- let's face it: this is where the West and Iran were a year ago.
The past 7 days particularly have not been kind to Obama's attempt at a Middle East legacy, as we have been bombarded with 3 major setbacks to an effective deal with Iran:
- Last Wednesday, the US conceded on PMD's ("Possible Military Dimensions"): the administration is now willing to let Iran put off fully disclosing its nuclear program until after sanctions relief had been granted, a concession which significantly undermines any attempt to verify whether Iran is keeping its agreement this time around.
- Then on Thursday, the AP revealed that the Obama administration will let Iran continue spinning centrifuges in its underground military enrichment bunker at Fordow, ensuring that Iran continues to maintain nuclear infrastructure completely impervious to Western intervention if they decided to break out.
- Just yesterday, The New York Times revealed that the Iranians would not agree to ship their enriched uranium to Russia, a scenario Iran had used for months to secure concessions on the number of centrifuges they'd be allowed to run.
Congress is currently out of session and returns on April 13.
Hat tip: The Israel Project
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