February 4th, 2010
10:22 AM ET

Iran unfolds its fist to slap us in the face

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William Tobey
The Boston Globe

Last month, an important deadline passed in nuclear negotiations with Iran, eroding the foundation of the Obama administration’s policy on Iran: that a softer approach might pay off; and, failing that, it would induce tougher action by Russia and China.

The deadline was for Iran to show progress, but Tehran has refused to talk much at all about nuclear issues. Negotiators have met only twice to discuss a side issue, a proposed uranium swap to refuel Tehran’s research reactor.

Meanwhile over the past year, Iran doubled its production of enriched uranium, was revealed to be building a covert enrichment site at Qom, and threatened to build 10 more plants – despite UN Security Council resolutions requiring Iran to suspend enrichment activities.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Iran • Nuclear Weapons • President Barack Obama
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Mike, formerly from Syracuse, NY

    the Obama concept of 'soft power' has proven to be 'no power'. If history has shown us anything it's that appeasement never works. Obama is our Neville chamberlain. Hopefully he'll be out of power before the inevitable consequences of weakness catch up to us.

    February 4, 2010 at 1:14 pm |
  2. Tim Gibson

    Iran has reminded us of the glove slap challenge, part of our own history in becoming a nation. Rules and proper conduct engaged and leading to a duel.

    It is clear that Iran will become a nuclear armed nation, make no mistake about that. Our once powerful nation became to defiant as the leaders of the free world and our world standing moves closer and closer to the line. Our national security is as weak as our influence regarding Iran and it is another fact that China is running neck and neck as the world leader.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  3. sule

    This is so like Iran's Administration, which they never want to negotiate with any western country. Our foregn policy for Iran should be" Do what you want with your country if and when you are preapared to attack any peacefull sorrounding country, also be prepared to get nucked!"Or be ready to look at world map and see no Iran on the map.!!!!
    Sorry this is the only way they will understand. Their opinion of peace and human rights is"Do what I tell you or you are Dead so we need to speak their language and it is not diplomacy any longer.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  4. zehfilardo

    Iran's treatment by the USA is extremely unfair.

    They do not have nukes yet, and will have a small capacity within some years, while the USA help Pakistan, which is really the great danger in the East.

    Pakistan is the real danger for the region. They have nukes already and a very unstable political environment.

    When the USA, perhaps next century, will leave Afghanistan and the region, the scenario will be perfect for a nuclear war with India.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:46 am |