Oftentimes when a topic comes up that gets all the blogosophere a-buzzing, I try to offer my own spin, but sometimes I find that, after studying the issue and reading some of my favorite bloggers and blogresses, they have already said pretty much what I have to say. This often happens when a story breaks early in the morning on the East Coast while I’m still in bed.
As it is my wont to read and work on my dissertation in the morning, I often don’t get to such stories until mid-day Pacific Time, well into the afternoon Eastern Standard Time. So it is with the story of Iran’s admission to “the U.N. nuclear watchdog that it has a second uranium enrichment plant under construction“. By the time I had gotten to it, pretty much everything I would have said has been said.
According to the New York Times, here’s what we know about the plant
Iran’s newly revealed uranium enrichment plant is a heavily guarded, still-unfinished underground facility in the arid mountains near the holy city of Qom that will be able to produce nuclear fuel — or the payload for atomic warheads, Western intelligence officials and diplomats said Friday.
As the President demands that Iran may “‘come clean’ about its nuclear program in talks next week or face the prospect of ‘sanctions that bite,’” let’s hope he recognizes as doe Jennifer Rubin that Iran’s admission undermines his attempts to change the Iranian attitude with a more gentle approach (than that of his predecessor):
This sort of news entirely undermines the Obama administration’s immediate and long-term decision-making on Iran. In the short run, the administration’s new intelligence estimate cooked up to justify pulling out of missile defense for Eastern Europe looks foolish. Do we really know all that much about Iran’s nuclear plans and capability? How much confidence do we really have that Iran is not well on its way to long-term missile development or that it doesn’t have plants beyond the one we knew about and the one just now revealed? The president should deploy some of that skepticism he’s reserved for Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s Afghanistan recommendation and apply it to his Iran calculations.
I will credit the President for joining our allies in issuing a strong statement in response to the revelation, but the question is whether or not he will follow up with tough action. I hope he realizes now that we simply cannot trust the Iranians and that he recognizes the regime is bound and determined to acquire nuclear weapons. Kind words cannot temper that drive.
And so let’s be clear: while Obama was sending love letters to the Iranian regime and doing nothing to support the Iranian uprising, he knew of the secret facility that will be operational within a year?
We’re going to need to take tougher actions against the Iranian regime. Let us hope, nay, let us pray that the President is up to it.