Independent Online: The head of the UN nuclear watchdog, Mohamed ElBaradei, has appealed to both Iran and the West to refrain from escalating their dangerous game of brinkmanship, [he is treating both as they they have the same world status and power? Since when does Iran get the same cred as the USA? Since ElBaradei let them get thisclose to nuclear capability?- Atlas] which has entered an unpredictable [gotta love that word "unpredictable", yeah unpredictable] phase after the election of a hardline Iranian president.
Talks between Iran and the European Union, which has been leading negotiations [translation: masturbation aka dancing with myself] aimed at preventing the Iranians from building a nuclear bomb, broke down in August, when the Iranians resumed nuclear-related activities at their Isfahan plant. ["preventing the Iranians from building a nuclear bomb, broke down"when the Iranians resumed building a nuclear bomb - hellllllllllooooooooooooooooooo..Good job Baradei!]
overlooking the Danube in Vienna, Mr ElBaradei noted that Iran has not rejected the Russian proposal outright, and he said he expected "talks about talks" [they said that not me, go to the link, I swear - "talks about talks"] to be held before next month.[Which Russia is El B referring to? The Russia that just signed a $1 billion defense deal-1 billion dollars worth of tactical surface-to-air missiles and other defense hardware to Iran? .......oy]
hat tipon the Independent article: Hugh, The Sulla Institute
Am I crazy or do these people actually want Iran to go nuclear? What other explanation could there be?
Despite the developments in Iran and North Korea, Mr ElBaradei said the most worrying nuclear threat came from the prospect of nuclear terrorism. "The deterrence concept does not apply in the case of terrorists. That is the most critical danger we are facing now because there is a lot of nuclear material and nuclear facilities that need to be adequately protected."
Mr ElBaradei, an Egyptian lawyer, has not always got on with the Bush administration which tried to block him from serving a second term as IAEA chief. [Shocka! Hmm, I wonder why?]
Get it together and give Israel the ok, now. They are the only ones with the balls. America is still debating Iraq for Gd's sake! That war is all but over (and won) but the left won't let go. [shakes head in disgust].
UPDATE: December 6th [head shaking violently now]
Russia plan could end Iran talks impasse: ElBaradei Finally, I agree with El B on this. I just don't agree wthat it would end the same way. This is the height of irrationality. Sounds to me that a "Russia plan" ,complete with sale of missiles, would end with nuclear war.
a real Democrat speaks out on Iraq, the much derided, marginalized Joe Lieberman;
SOME DEMOCRATS in Congress have been urging President Bush to present a “timetable” for bringing our troops home from Iraq. To do so would be a fool’s errand.
First of all, by appearing to be so opposed to our actions in Iraq, those comments give the insurgents hope that the United States will cut and run as it did in Vietnam, Lebanon and Somalia. None other than Osama bin Laden has publicly concluded that America has no stomach for any protracted warfare.
Had that been the case during World War II, we would have lost that war and likely would now be occupied by Germany and Japan. But Americans knew then that we must win that war, and polls show consistently that Americans today believe we should finish what we started in Iraq before withdrawing.
One voice of Democratic reason is Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut. While much of the national media has portrayed Iraq as nothing but a killing field for suicide bombers, Sen. Lieberman paints a very different picture.
Read it all in the Chieftan (!)