Declaring diplomacy with Iran a failure

At what point does the United Nations or the community of the world declare diplomacy with Iran concerning their nuclear program a complete failure? I’m not calling for an invasion or regime change, but goodness gracious  … how long will those diplomacy experts keep talking about how much time Iran has?

Gateway Pundit has the quotes from the last five months, but the history of Iran’s pathetic adolescent attitude is a long one. First, from Jim Hoft at Gateway …

July 10, 2009Enrian:
G8 leaders believe there is little time left for dialogue with Iran over its nuclear program, the Italian prime minister said Friday after a summit in Italy’s L’Aquila.

July 16, 2009 Aljazeera:
The US government has sent a strong message to Iran, saying it is running out of time to engage in dialogue over its nuclear programme to avoid further isolation or even military action.

September 18, 2009FOX News:
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday that Iran’s refusal to prove that its nuclear intentions are peaceful has “profound consequences” for world security… She also said that time is running out for the country to show it is serious about addressing concerns about its nuclear program.

November 15, 2009Reuters:
U.S. President Barack Obama said Sunday time was running out for diplomacy to resolve a crisis over Iran’s nuclear program

November 30, 2009Radio Free Europe:
The United States says “time is running out” for Iran to address international concerns about its nuclear program.

Hoft also mentions the so-far minor incident of Iran kidnapping five British sailors five days ago. I’m not talking sailors of the military type, I’m talking the racing yacht-type British sailor.

Iran seems to have lowered their standards to capturing unarmed sailors sporting zinc-oxide on their nose. Remember the HMS Cornwall? At least back then, Iran could muster up enough firepower and boats to kidnap 15 British sailors with the ability to defend themselves – supposedly – and parade them in front of news cameras sporting 1980s vintage sports coats from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s clearance rack.

Along with tough-talk from the Obama administration and other world leaders, we of course have the full weight and power of United Nations Security Council Resolutions.

July 31, 2006Resolution 1696
The Security Council, seriously concerned that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was still unable to provide assurances about Iran’s undeclared nuclear material and activities after more than three years, today demanded that Iran suspend all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, including research and development, and gave it one month to do so or face the possibility of economic and diplomatic sanctions to give effect to its decision. …

Dec. 23, 2006Resolution 1737
Determined to give effect to its unmet 31 July demand that Iran suspend all uranium enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, the Security Council today imposed sanctions on that country, blocking the import or export of sensitive nuclear materiel and equipment and freezing the financial assets of persons or entities supporting its proliferation sensitive nuclear activities or the development of nuclear-weapon delivery systems. …

March 27, 2007Resolution 1747
Reaffirms 1696 and 1737

March 3, 2008Resolution 1803
The Security Council today approved a new round of sanctions against Iran for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment and heavy-water-related projects, as had been required in resolutions 1696 (2006), 1737 (2006) and 1747 (2007), and for taking issue with the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) right to verify design information provided to it.

Sept. 24, 2009Resolution 1887
A politically correct Obamacized resolution sort-of, kind-of complaining about North Korea and Iran not listening to anyone. WAAAHHHHH! It’s been more than three years and they think a resolution with President Obama’s name mentioned in the first sentence plus four more times will improve the situation?

Maybe it’s a sign that the United Nation’s nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei has stated his efforts for the last few years have been a total waste of time after the IAEA board censured Iran once again on Nov. 26. ElBaradei then “quietly” retired the next day.


On Nov. 29, the Wall Street Journal noted Iran would be ramping up their nuclear program as diplomacy goes nowhere.

What a week for the UN and IAEA; and Iran!

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  1. donh on November 30, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Sitting down to negotiate with a holocaust denier is as productive as negotiating with a dining room table. The only reason to do so is for political cover . Obama  spreads a white linen cloth over the  table and   covers his  weakness to confront evil and defeat it. The same white linen is being spread over Afganistan. Obama knows he cannot leave the country to its fate without  providing some token gesture. Rather than  an honest show of surrender, knowing the political harm that would suffer, Obama is staging a fake rally. Troops will be SLOWLY deployed and warehoused well out of harms way . They will pass the hours playing cards and in mock exercises , while the frontier positions steadily fold ground to the taliban, a thin stream of blood traded for politcal posturing.

  2. Dimsdale on November 30, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    The UN is an organizations of Neville Chamberlains, unable or unwilling to deal with the Hitlers of the modern world.


    Well, we all know how the inaction of the last Chamberlain worked out, but this time, everyone has the bomb.


    Hope and change, baby!  It's a race to see who gets us first: the foreign or domestic enemies…

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