The US and Iran have agreed to a deal, one that will ease sanctions and effectively remove all military options from the table. In return, Iran will promise…something (yet to be determined).
No surprises here. It sounds essentially like the deal Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton made with the North Koreans in 1994, after which the North Koreans went ahead and developed their nuclear weapons.
The Washington Post story reporting the deal included this astonishing comment:
“The Obama administration has been seeking to quickly finalize an agreement in the face of threats by Congress to impose additional economic sanctions on Iran.”
In other words, the threat of stricter sanctions on Iran put pressure on…Obama!
(I thought the whole idea was to put pressure on Iran. I guess I really don’t understand this negotiating business after all.)
The only remaining question is whether Kerry will carry an umbrella and wave a piece of paper when he arrives back in the US.
“It is the most grievous consequence of what we have done and of what we have left undone in the last five years – five years of futile good intentions, five years of eager search for the line of least resistance, five years of uninterrupted retreat of our power…”
An eerily prophetic summary…by Winston Churchill. In 1938. After Munich.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, China is threatening to extend its military control to cover several Japanese islands (the Senkakus). Apparently the Chinese have sized up the US commitments to our allies for the worthless promises they are.
“We have sustained a defeat without a war, the consequences of which will travel far with us along our road…We have passed an awful milestone in our history, when the whole equilibrium of the world has been deranged, and the terrible words have for the time being been pronounced against the Western democracies: ‘Thou art weighed in the balance and found wanting.’”