Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Iran Ratchets Up The Games In Vienna

Who Is Offering The Carrot and Who is Holding the Stick

Hard To Tell

The United States, along with our other negotiating partners, are in Vienna trying to cajole Iran to realize the errors of its nuclear ways. They are of course running up against a scenario that was more than predictable. President Obama has spent a good deal of political capital on his desire to utilize diplomacy as the weapon of choice against Iran. However, as discussed here ad nauseum, diplomacy requires two sides willing to work out a solution. Obama's number two option, sanctions, have as a stumbling block the fact that Russia and China have clearly indicated that they do not favor this choice.

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