Missile launchers in an underground tunnel at an
unknown location in Iran. Photo: EPA
Charade has always been part of diplomacy, but it is only now that, thanks to President Obama, it has become its very substance, at least as far as the virtual “nuke deal” with Iran is concerned.
The Iranian version of charade is known as “khalibandi” which means making gestures indicating you are doing something while you are doing something quite different. Thus the observer must not only guess what you are pretending to do but, more importantly, discover what you actually mean to do.
Seen from Obama’s vantage point, all is going well with his “chance of a lifetime deal.”
Last month the president sent his Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to Vienna to twist the arm of International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano into issuing a favorable report on the state of the Iranian nuclear program.
The yes-or-no question Amano faced was simple: Has Iran closed the military aspect of its nuclear program?
Being an honorable man, Amano could not provide the straight “yes” that Muniz was asking for. “Much progress has been made, but much remains to be done,” he said. “More confidence building is needed, and verification of what Iran is doing may need many more weeks.”Read the rest of the story HERE.
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