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Obama’s Failed Iran Policy In The News

- August 24, 2012

An Upcoming Report From International Nuclear Inspectors Will Reveal That "Iran Has Installed Hundreds Of New Centrifuges In Recent Months And May Also Be Speeding Up Production Of Nuclear Fuel." "International nuclear inspectors will soon report that Iran has installed hundreds of new centrifuges in recent months and may also be speeding up production of nuclear fuel while negotiations with the United States and its allies have ground to a near halt, according to diplomats and experts briefed on the findings." (David E. Sanger, "Signs Suggest Iran Is Speeding Up Work On Nuclear Program," The New York Times, 8/23/12)

  • The Report Suggests That Over 1,000 New Machines Have Been Installed Deep Underground On A Military Base Considered To Be "Virtually Invulnerable To Military Attack." "Almost all of the new equipment is being installed in a deep underground site on a military base near Qum that is considered virtually invulnerable to military attack. It would suggest that a boast by senior Iranian leaders late last month - that the country had added upward of 1,000 new machines to its installation despite Western sabotage - may be true." (David E. Sanger, "Signs Suggest Iran Is Speeding Up Work On Nuclear Program," The New York Times , 8/23/12)
  • "Iran Has Made Substantial Progress In Producing Enriched Uranium In Recent Years - From About One Bomb's Worth When Mr. Obama Took Office In 2009 To The Equivalent Of About Five Bombs' Worth Today." "Mr. Obama and his staff have been trying to avoid a crisis over Iran that would unfold in the last months of the presidential election. But the report, expected to be the last by the I.A.E.A. before Election Day, will lay out a stark reality: Despite increasingly painful sanctions, and a covert program called Olympic Games that aimed to slow the Iranian program with cyberattacks, Iran has made substantial progress in producing enriched uranium in recent years - from about one bomb's worth when Mr. Obama took office in 2009 to the equivalent of about five bombs' worth today." (David E. Sanger, "Signs Suggest Iran Is Speeding Up Work On Nuclear Program," The New York Times , 8/23/12)

The Report Confirms Israeli And Western Intelligence Agencies' Warnings That Iran Is "Ahead Of Schedule In Its Enrichment Work." "Iran's nuclear enrichment program is progressing faster than western intelligence had initially realized, raising the stakes in Tehran's showdown with the international community over the controversial program. The assessment that Iran was ahead of schedule in its enrichment work is based on new information gathered by Israel and several other western intelligence agencies, according to reports by Israeli newspaper Haaretz." (Carlo Munoz, "Report: Iran's Nuke Work Moving Ahead Of Schedule," The Hill 's "DEFCON Hill" , 8/7/12)

  • "Iran's Nuclear Ambitions Have Far Exceeded Previous Assessments By The United States And Its Allies." "Senior diplomats from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Israel have reportedly agreed the new-found information proves Iran's nuclear ambitions have far exceeded previous assessments by the United States and its allies, according to the report. Citing sources with knowledge of western efforts to gain access to Tehran's nuclear facilities, signs of the advanced state of Iran's nuclear program began to emerge in February." (Carlo Munoz, "Report: Iran's Nuke Work Moving Ahead Of Schedule," The Hill 's "DEFCON Hill" , 8/7/12)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: "We Have To Be Honest And Say That All The Sanctions And Diplomacy So Far Have Not Set Back The Iranian Program By One Iota." "Mr. Romney's warnings on Iran's nuclear capability came after a day of meetings with Israeli officials here in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called existing Iran sanctions ineffective. 'We have to be honest and say that all the sanctions and diplomacy so far have not set back the Iranian program by one iota,' Mr. Netanyahu said. 'That's why I believe that we need a strong and credible military threat coupled with the sanctions to have a chance to change that situation.'" (Sara Murray, "Romney Talks Tough," The Wall Street Journal, 7/30/12)

Fearing Higher Oil Prices And "Political Trouble In An Election Year," The Obama Administration Continues To Resist Stronger Actions Against Iran's Nuclear Program. "Officials fear that too powerful a blow to the world's third-largest oil exporter could cause an oil price increase, damaging the global economic recovery, undermining international support for the sanctions campaign and creating political trouble in an election year." (Paul Richter, "Obama Administration Takes Back Seat On Iran Sanctions," Los Angeles Times, 2/17/12)

  • The Washington Post : By Holding Back, "Obama Administration Merely Makes It More Likely That Drastic Action, Such As A Military Attack, Eventually Will Be Taken By Israel, Or Forced On The United States." "Sanctions that stop Iran from exporting oil and importing gasoline could deal a decisive blow to his dictatorship, which already faced an Arab Spring-like popular revolt two years ago. By holding back on such measures, the Obama administration merely makes it more likely that drastic action, such as a military attack, eventually will be taken by Israel, or forced on the United States." (Editorial, "More Half-Measures From Obama Administration On Iran," The Washington Post , 11/22/11)

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