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|A Little Bad News To Start Your Sunday|
I don't tend to be a pessimist. But the first thing I read out of the gate this morning was this from RedState.
All the reasons for invading Iraq apply doubly to Iran, and with far greater urgency. Iran right now poses the imminent threat to America which Iraq did not in 2003. Iran may already have some nuclear weapons, purchased from North Korea or made with materials acquired from North Korea, which would increase its threat to us from imminent to direct and immediate. [...]
Iran has dramatically shortened the time required to acquire the necessary weapons-grade fissionable materials by purchase abroad of pre-enriched, but not yet weapons-grade, fissionable materials (not just from North Korea). Iran's technicians already have the expertise to fabricate functional nuclear weapons. The latter opinion is held by, among others, Mohamed El Baradei, director-general of the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency, who said that Iran can produce nuclear weapons in a few months if it has the requisite weapons-grade fissionables: "And if they have the nuclear material and they have a parallel weaponization program along the way, they are really not very far--a few months--from a weapon." [...]
Oh, yippee! The very mad bad man may already have gotten a nuke from the other very mad bad man. I suppose there's a reason they're both charter members of the Axis of Evil.
And what are our allies, to whom we have deferred diplomatically, doing about this? Here's Mark Steyn's take (courtesy RCP):
And, on the other side of the negotiations, we have Her Britannic Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. A member of the "EU3" -- the Franco-German-British team Washington has let take the lead in negotiations with Iran -- Jack Straw has been at pains to emphasize that no military action against Tehran is being contemplated by him or anybody else. But in a sign that he's losing patience with the mullahs, Straw's officials have indicated that they're prepared to consider the possibility of possibly considering the consideration of a possible motion on considering sanctions for the U.N. Security Council to consider the possibility of considering.
Even while I'm giggling at Steyn's biting wit, it makes me sad to think how accurate his portrayal of the situation is.
Ah, Happy Sunday.
So, now that you're depressed, go and find a TiVo'd feed of John Kerry on "This Week" and have a few laughs.