September 1, 2007

Nuclear Iran

... a new consensus is emerging, that the time to get earnest about stopping Iran’s nuclear programme is quickly approaching.

In his first major foreign policy speech as President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy said on Monday, "Iran could be attacked militarily if it did not live up to its international obligations to curb its nuclear program". Calling the Iranian nuclear crisis "the most serious that weighs on the international order today”, Sarkozy also reiterated his position that a nuclear-armed Iran was "unacceptable" for France.

Then on Wednesday, the rhetoric became sharper when President Bush left open the possibility that the United States might ultimately abandon diplomacy and turn to military might adding, "We will confront this danger before it is too late."

Also this week, can you guess which Presidential hopeful said this, about Iran?

“For diplomacy to work, we need to dial up our political and economic pressure - not just our tough talk. Iran's troubling behavior depends in large part on access to billions of dollars in oil and gas revenue. That is why I introduced the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act last May, to build on a movement across the country to divest from companies that do significant business with Iran. This would send a clear message about where America stands, increasing Iran's isolation and hitting the Iranian regime where it hurts.

The bill works in three ways. First, it would educate investors and pressure foreign companies to reconsider doing business with Iran by requiring the U.S. government to publish - every six months - a list of companies that invest more than $20 million in Iran's energy sector. Second, it would give explicit congressional authorization to state and local governments to divest the assets of their pension funds and other funds under their control from any company on the list. Third, it would give private fund managers who divest protection from lawsuits, while urging the government's own 401(k) fund to create "terror-free" and "genocide-free" investment options for government employees.”

One may have logically guessed Hillary Clinton or McCain but no, it was none other than Barrack Obama.

Finally, Raw Story who pride themselves on unearthing and throwing the spotlight on stories underplayed by the popular press, ran this piece on Tuesday last.

Study: US preparing 'massive' military attack against Iran

"The United States has the capacity for and may be prepared to launch without warning a massive assault on Iranian uranium enrichment facilities, as well as government buildings and infrastructure, using long-range bombers and missiles, according to a new analysis". read more

When one combines all this, it becomes apparent that a new consensus is emerging, that the time to get earnest about stopping Iran’s nuclear programme is quickly approaching.

For my past posts on Iran click here and here.

This post can also be viewed at the Reuters site: click here


Donald Douglas said...

Well, it's about time!

Nice posting, Ottavio!

American Interests said...

Thank you Donald, we can expect the rhetorical momentum to build in relation to this potentially serious issue.

John J. Kaiser said...

Amazing, even France is on board. Impressive indeed.

But maybe it is all part of a bigger conspiracy. Check my blog for more details. :-)

WomanHonorThyself said...

hiya Ottavio...the sooner the better!Hope youre havin a great holiday weekend!..:)

Kotzabasis said...

Yes Ottavio, consensus is necessary but regretfully it's hard to get. What is needed above all is political acumen and resolve to put an end to this great and ominous threat.

American Interests said...

J.J.Kaiser: That was quite a conspiracy piece, thanks for the link.

womanhthyself: Thanks, hope you enjoy the U.S. Open. Did you end up going?

kotzabasis: There is truth in your words. Thanks for coming by...

Jeb Koogler said...


I wonder if you saw the recent report about this in McClatchy. It explains how exactly such a campaign, if it were to occur, would likely get started. Here's the link:

Over at FPPassport, however, Blake Hounshell isn't convinced that these rumors are anything more than just more military posturing.

I'd recommend both articles.

American Interests said...

Thanks Jeb,

No I did not see that report, I will have a look. Thanks for the links!

lisa said...

All aboard! thanks for other links cheers