Roger L. Simon

Iran: from bad to worse

The New York Times has an informative and depressing piece this morning: U.S. Enriches Companies Defying Its Policy on Iran. Not that it matters. Last week we learned that Russia and China just about torpedoed any serious sanctioning of Iran anyway. Meanwhile, France’s Sarkozy – the most militant of world leaders regarding Iran – is in electoral trouble. No wonder crazy A-jad continues with his wild bellicose statements: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday called the September 11 attacks on the United States a “big fabrication” that was used to justify the U.S. war on terrorism, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Glad it was official. But what do we do? In his column the other day, David Ignatius provided a cynical, but alas accurate, quote from retired US diplomat Douglas Paal: “Sanctions always accomplish their principal objective, which is to make those who impose them feel good.” Okay, then?What next? Nobody wants war and nobody wants a nuclear Iran. Maybe the Administration should start priming the space program again. We’re outta here.