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Nuclear Talks, Bullshit Walks

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As Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to address Congress, we can expect him to succeed in convincing the U.S., again, that Iran is one to two years away from getting a nuclear weapon.  At the risk of sounding cynical, as long as Iran is always one to two years away from getting a nuclear weapon, Netanyahu gets his $3 billion dollar check in U.S. aid, no questions asked.  Netanyahu’s visit is conveniently timed to align with another round of U.S. and Iranian nuclear talks, which, according to analysts, are either likely to fail outright, or might as well fail.

Today the American Conservative posted an article describing the essence of the nuclear talks between the U.S. and Iran.  It goes something like this: if negotiations with Iran fail, then we are left with two options.  A) The world  will have to get used to the idea of a nuclear armed Iran.  B) Western forces (which would probably consist of only U.S. and Israel) will have to pursue a policy of regime change in Iran.  Therein lies the self-fulfilling prophecy inherent in foreign policy realism.  Iran’s only sure-fire bet against regime change, from outside and inside forces, is a nuclear arsenal.  Iran, the U.S., and Israel all know that. Continue reading

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If the Friend of my Friend is my Enemy

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Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu has landed in the United States in preparation for a speech Tuesday lecturing the nation on the dangers of making deals with a potentially, sometime in the future, but not-yet-in-any-way-according-to-any-source-no-matter-how-hysterical, nuclear-armed Iran. Bibi is the Prime Minister of Israel, a nation whose own nuclear arsenal is something of a casually open secret in the international community, and who is the only nuclear nation in the Middle East with militarized nuclear capabilites (excepting possibly Pakistan depending on your choice of map book).

Israel is a nuclear state but, unlike the United States, UK, Russia, Syria, Germany, China, Qatar, Mexico, Cuba, or Iran is not a signatory to the internationally recognized Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Continue reading

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