Wednesday, June 07, 2006

The Nuclear Carrot

The Moose concedes that the right was right.

The Moose was warned by his conservative friends that if he voted for Kerry we would capitulate to our enemies. If the reports on the latest Iranian deal are to believed, the right wing buddies of the Moose were right. The Moose voted for Kerry and we have just offered the store to the mullahs.

The Washington Post,

"The confidential diplomatic package backed by Washington and formally presented to Iran on Tuesday leaves open the possibility that Tehran will be able to enrich uranium on its own soil, U.S. and European officials said.

"That concession, along with a promise of U.S. assistance for an Iranian civilian nuclear energy program, is conditioned on Tehran suspending its current nuclear work until the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency determines with confidence that the program is peaceful. U.S. officials said Iran would also need to satisfy the U.N. Security Council that it is not seeking a nuclear weapon, a benchmark that White House officials believe could take years, if not decades, to achieve."

"We are basically now saying that over the long haul, if they restore confidence, that this Iranian regime can have enrichment at home," said one U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "But they have to answer every concern given all that points to a secret weapons program."

Well, there you have it. After years of conservative claims that the Clinton Administration sold out to the North Koreans with the deal that gave them a nuclear reactor, the Bushies have largely replicated that bargain for the Iranians. Peace in our time!

Let us put this in perspective. If a Kerry Administration had offered this deal, there would be the equivalent of conservative rioting in the streets. An impeachment resolution would be offered. The theme of the day on talk radio would be the betrayal of America.

Of course, the right is too preoccupied with the war with Mexico to care much about the potential appeasement of the mullahs. And it is quite unlikely that the Democrats will offer much opposition to this proposal - after all this is the approach many of them wanted all along.

But in Teheran, the Hitler acolyte who rules the country and his buddies can only interpret this proposal as a sign of weakness. And the Bushies just appear hapless.

That's what the Moose gets for voting for Kerry!

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