Obama, Sarkozy, and Brown are shocked. Except that they aren’t. They’ve known about it for years. They only told us about it when the Iranians, having discovered that we knew what they were up to in Qom, told the IAEA. So what’s all the faux garment rending and chest pounding about?
Once the Iranians confessed, the West had a choice: Either we knew or we didn’t. If we didn’t, our intelligence agencies were even more incompetent than we thought. If we did, somebody might ask why we were pretending there was hope that the Iranian regime might eventually cooperate.
In other words, they knew things were much worse than they were saying, and in order to avoid embarrassing questions, Western leaders feigned outrage and promised — yet again — to be tough. To his credit, Sarkozy is reportedly enraged that nobody (he means Obama) singled out Iran and North Korea in yesterday’s U.N. Security Council Session on “nuclear disarmament.”
Indeed, these leaders know things are even worse than they are saying today. There are still other facilities, including one at Parchin, about which some things are known, and yet another near the Afghan border, about which I am told we know much less. I doubt we know the full details of the Iranians’ secret nuclear-weapons program. Quite obviously, Obama, Brown, and Sarkozy think it’s a weapons program, not the civilian one the Iranians claim.
Obama gave them until September — now — to come to terms with the West’s demands. They didn’t. But he’s so eager to talk to them that when they promised to talk (all the while insisting that they would NEVER stop their nuclear program), he extended the deadline to December. You can be sure that the deadline is movable. Iran has been given even more time to assemble atomic bombs.
And if Israel dares to send planes against these facilities, Brzezinski’s going to shoot them down.
Meanwhile, the president’s diplomatic ire is not aimed at Iran, a tyrannical enemy. He’s focused on Israel and Honduras. Two democratic allies.