In a speech to prominent diplomats from around the world, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said today that he firmly believes further negotiations with the United States should not go ahead. Iran is willing to cooperate with any country in the world, he said, “with two exceptions: the Zionist regime and the U.S.”
Though he did not go so far as to forbid the Iranian delegation from continuing nuclear negotiations with the U.S., he warned against the dangers of engaging with the U.S. on all other international matters.
Five-plus years of wishful thinking just got sand kicked in its face.
Bush kicked this can for eight years, and it was our “bad luck” that the next President turned out to be an even more devoted can-kicker. A nuclear Iran can probably be contained, but it’s going to require extending our nuclear umbrella over some rather unsavory characters, and a nuclear resolve we haven’t seen (or needed) by this country since the Reagan Administration.
Our aging nuclear forces and shrinking defense budgets might make that… problematical.