October 10, 2013 | Quote
Iran’s Dangerous Doubletalk
The Obama administration will sit down to talk to Iran’s representatives next week in Geneva. We must remember that these are emissaries of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – who has already criticized Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s phone call with President Obama – and not the wily Rouhani.
We saw a preview of what to expect in aWall Street Journal report:
Iran is preparing a package of proposals to halt production of near-weapons-grade nuclear fuel, a key demand of the U.S. and other global powers, according to officials briefed on diplomacy ahead of talks in Geneva next week.
So what does the United States do? First of all, what the Iranians say and what appears in U.S. media designed to feed the notion of “progress” are two different things. Cliff May of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies tells me, “We have not yet seen whatever proposals the Iranians are reportedly preparing. I expect that when we do, we will find that they do not significantly slow, much less stop, the regime’s drive to develop a nuclear weapons capability.” He adds, “I hope to be proven wrong, but I’m willing to give odds that I’m not.”