Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Bush Caves on Nuclear Power for Iran

In the following story, Bush Says Don't Expect Oil Price Breaks - Yahoo! News: President Bush says, "'We cannot afford to have Iran with a nuclear weapon' but 'We want them to have nuclear power but under the conditions that we describe.'

So, Russia's Vladimir Putin is pressuring Bush not to attack Iran because the Russians are selling nuclear reactor components and expertise to the Iranians. The Iranians clearly intend to obtain nuclear weapons (clearly, because with all that oil, they don't need nuclear power) and Bush is giving into Putin's pressure in a pragmatic move in which uranium would be processed in Russia and then given to Iran. Unfortunately, we cannot trust Putin - he is no friend of liberty. He would likely have no misgivings about another country obtaining nuclear weapons to counter the power of the U.S., Israel, and the UK. Furthermore, even if Putin has no desire to see a nuclear armed Iran, who can trust Russian arms inspectors? With a wink and a nod, they could easily pass the Iranians the highly processed uranium needed for a nuclear bomb.

Bush, why are you being so short-sighted?

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