Archive for the ‘Iranian Nuclear Program’ Category

The Iranian “scientist,” (yes, those are irony quotes) Shahram Amiri,who appears to have been on U.S. soil for some time is alleged to have been paid $5 million by the CIA for his efforts.  I’d say money well spent, especially since Amiri will be unable to access his cash.

Shahram Amiri departed the U.S. and arrived in Iran the other morning.  We likely won’t hear from him again for a while unless its useful to Iran from a propaganda point of view.  No doubt they’re actively plotting their ‘splainin’ activities as we speak.

The State Department’s presentation that he was here to study, however, doesn’t pass the smell test.  Otherwise, you’d think we’d have a boatload of ‘students’ from Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Myanmar here in the states studying all things nuclear.

The CIA was way out in front of this guy when this was put together:

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Well, the title may not say it all, but I think it comes pretty close.

Here is the WSJ’s take.

It has been my experience that offers, whether to buy, sell, or to enrich uranium, are (or should be) of a limited duration.  Example: Billy Mays tells you to call within the next 30 minutes to get two free mini-shamoos with your order.

Similarly, if I make an offer on a car, it has an expiration.  The seller can’t reply back eight months later–after it’s been totaled–and say he will now accept my offer.

Use Your Illusion.

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Iran does it regarding their recent decision (to an eight-month old proposal) to send some low-enriched uranium out of country for enrichment.  Iran’s national leadership rates four and a half mushroom clouds based on the UN Security Council.

Where’s the illusion?  Well, Iran now has twice as much LEU as they did eight months ago.  As such, they can now afford to send half of it out of the country and press ahead with enriching the remainder to weapons grade.

What’s next, Chinese Democracy?

Iran’s President Ahmadinejad is sure capable of giving a freakishly weird speech, but upon examination, it always seems to be the same variation on a theme.  The theme is Iran’s peaceful nuclear program.  He has his story and he’s going to stick to it.

One thing’s for sure: Ahmadinejad has the delay, deny, and deceive game down pat.

Any hope that national Iranian leadership would follow through on the offer to send their low-enriched uranium out of country for further enrichment appears to be fading away.  The U.S. strategy now seems to be to wait until the end of the year and pursue more stringent sanctions, which will be certain to not work without Chinese and Russian buy-in.

In the meantime, it’s hoped the Russians will be willing to (and capable of) guiding Iran into a reasonable and prudent course of action that kicks the can on their nuclear program down the road for a year or so.