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Frankly, Scarlett…

By on 4.28.06 | 5:37PM

As reported by the Beeb, Iranian “President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said…Iran did not "give a damn" about UN resolutions over its research.” Ahmadinejad’s statement was in response to an ever-so-tepid report from the IAEA that affirmed that Iran was ignoring UN pleas to stop enriching uranium.

I hereby sentence Kofi and the Kupcakes to write, “Diplomacy that is not backed by a credible threat of force cannot succeed” one hundred times on the blackboard each day for the next week.

As the threat of

Iran accelerates we are doing, what?  It appears that the president is entirely comfortable with the idea that Iran will be on the UN’s plate for the next months or years, however long it may take to kick this can down the road and into the next president’s lap. Churchill said of Chamberlain, “He had a choice between war and dishonor. He chose dishonor and will get war anyway.”  President Bush hasn’t yet chosen dishonor. But abdication is much the same thing. And inaction is, in the case of Iran, an abdication of a terrible responsibility.

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