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  • Obama Outflanked by France on Iran

    In its rush to diplomatically engage Iran, the Obama Administration has found itself in the embarrassing position of appearing to be softer than France, which until recently had been a leading advocate of Europe’s “critical engagement” with Iran — a policy which offered Iran lucrative trade deals, but precious little criticism.

    The Administration reportedly is considering the unilateral abandonment of a crucial condition embedded in the 2007 diplomatic initiative made by the P5 + 1 (the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany) which required Iran to halt its uranium enrichment and other suspicious nuclear activities in exchange for a promise not to impose new U.N. Security Council sanctions. The French government, which has toughened its Iran policy under Prime Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, promptly fired a warning shot across the administration’s bow by insisting yesterday that Iran must suspend “sensitive” nuclear activities during any talks with the P5-1.

    France is right. By dropping its demand that Tehran must freeze its uranium enrichment work, the Obama Administration runs the intolerable risk that Iran will engage in endless talks about its ominous nuclear program while pushing ahead to acquire growing stocks of enriched uranium, which subsequently could be enriched further to arm a nuclear weapon. After years of Iranian denial and duplicity on the nuclear front, such a diplomatic concession would be naïve and irresponsible. It would allow Tehran to run out the clock, stave off further sanctions, and eventually present the world with a nuclear fait accompli. And then there would be little to negotiate about.

    For more information and policy recommendations on Iran’s nuclear program go to the Iran Briefing Room.

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    6 Responses to Obama Outflanked by France on Iran

    1. Dan, Cleveland says:

      Since it is obvious that this is all public relations nonsense, it makes one wonder what exactly is going on behind the curtain. The term "convergence" springs spontaneously to mind despite my better angels.

    2. MAS1916 - Denver, CO says:

      The French must be stronger against Iran's nuclear ambitions. The French homeland is vulnerable – primarily owing to the large and growing muslim population.

      Sarkozy may be figuring that Obama needs to be led to take a stronger tone. Obama would never want to appear to be the 'big stick' so France seems willing to step in.


    3. George Washington, E says:

      George Washington on Foreign Policy

      “A passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification.” ~George Washington, ~page 269 of The 5000 Year Leap.

      “The nation which indulges toward another habitual hatred or habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interests." ~ George Washington

      "Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none." ~ Thomas Jefferson

    4. Dennis A. Social Cir says:

      The chosen one said he would talk, talk is cheap. That is about all obama is capable of. He spoke with a silver tongue before the so called election and is still useing the tongue to wag his tail.

    5. Ross, Bradenton, Flo says:

      Israel! The American people need you in this time of American political stupidity! There's no longer a competent CIC in the Executive mansion nor SoS(how appropriate) at the State Department. The CIA is again useless with the appointment of another clueless but even more dangerous director.

      You are on your own! Save yourselves from this Islamic Satan of Persia before it's too late!

    6. Mark Texas says:



      WITH THE RELEASE OF DOCUMENTS ABOUT WAR PRISONERS,CLOSING GUANT., BOWING AND WITH THE APOLOGIES ABROAD, HE DOES NOTHING BUT WEAKEN OUR COUNTRY, NOT DEFEND IT. HIS JOB IS TO DEFEND THE USA! IT SEEMS, HIS PRIORITIES ARE WITH THESE MUSLIM COUNTRIES WHO Have declared war on us and he associates with them("my muslim upbringing, his affiliatons, his remarks not a christian nation, with Stephanapolis("my muslim faith)Freudian slip, and other things he has shown. Bottom line if he wont defend the US and be proud of our country, I think the American people made a mistake voting him in.

      I haveno problem with muslim religion, just terrorists, who justify their acts behind this faith.

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