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'Quietly Toasting' a Failed Iran Policy

11:35 AM, Jul 22, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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A Washington Post editorial today correctly notes that, despite the policies of the Obama administration, "There has been no change in Iran’s drive for nuclear weapons or in its aggressive efforts to drive the United States out of the Middle East." The sanctions were supposed to prevent Iran from attaining nuclear weapons. But the policy has not been able to achieve its stated goal.

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Indeed, the Post's editors write, "Tehran has recently grown bolder. Last month it announced plans to triple its capacity to produce uranium enriched to the level of 20 percent — a far higher degree of processing than is needed to produce nuclear energy. Western diplomats and experts say that Iran is preparing, and may have already begun, to install a new generation of powerful centrifuges in a plant built into a mountain near the city of Qom."

The administration, during the 2009 protests in Iran against the regime, was hesitant to weigh in. The White House seemed to think: Why meddle in Iranian affairs when you're hoping the regime will agree to dialogue with you? Why risk the chance of preventing Iran from going nuclear by standing up for human rights? They played the long-game, getting absolutely nothing in return.

Despite the failure to achieve any sort of result, a previous Post story (mentioned by the editorial writers) notes: "After two years of failed efforts to entice Iran with diplomatic carrots, the Obama administration is quietly toasting successes at using economic sticks."

So the White House is "quietly toasting" a failed policy. No doubt the mullahs are probably doing the same thing back in Tehran. 

"The bottom line is that the threat from Iran is not diminishing but growing," the Post writes. "Where is the policy to reverse that alarming trend?" The answer is, unfortunately, there is none.

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