09 December 2009

Clinched Fists

Vainly attempting to seal the deal in which Iran gratuitously agrees to give up its nuclear ambitions? Definitely a test for Obama:
Tomorrow the U.S. will meet with Iran to seal the deal that could take the country's uranium away. Michael Adler on why the moment is the ultimate test of Obama's engagement policy.
After a meeting in Geneva that was the first fruit of President Obama’s policy of engagement on Iran comes a new encounter in Vienna. The meeting with Iran in the Austrian capital Monday is technical, with the goal of getting enriched uranium shipped out of the Islamic republic. It is also an “Audacity of Hope” moment in foreign diplomacy, a potentially transformative development which few expected and most doubt is possible. The Iranians agreed, in principle, in Geneva on October 1 to send uranium that can be used to make atom bombs to a safe place outside of the country. This would reduce the threat that Iran could use the uranium for a nuclear weapon and give time for non-proliferation talks. The question Monday is: Will the deal go forward, collapse, or perhaps what is worse, die of a thousand cuts as it is delayed?
So how'd that particular test work out?


  1. "The Norwegian Nobel committee, which awards the peace prize, dismissed the criticism. "We always knew that there were too many events in the programme. Obama has to govern the US and we were told early on that he could not commit to all of them," said Geir Lundestad, secretary of the committee.

    Although Obama will not lunch with King Harald, he will see him on a visit to the royal palace.

    Peace activists opposed to the Afghanistan war are planning a 5,000-strong protest in Oslo.

    The visit will test Obama's rhetorical skills as he seeks to reconcile acceptance of the Nobel peace prize with sending an extra 30,000 US troops to Afghanistan."


  2. Good one, Anon! No President has ever had his "rhetorical skills" tested, for sure!


Think you would do a better job of passing this test than Obama? SOUND OFF HERE!