SecDef Leon Panetta thinks that Iran looking to extend the small amount of influence it has in South America is tantamount to terrorism. Glenn Greenwald demolishes Panetta’s fearmongering and hypocrisy in five paragraphs, surely Glenn’s shortest post in living memory.
The IDF’s chief tells Haaretz he doesn’t believe Iran’s leader “will want to go the extra mile” and build an actual nuke.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Thomas Pickering, explains what a deal with Iran could look like: “Iran’s recent proposal to cease some uranium enrichment activity in return for fuel for its Tehran Research Reactor seems a starting point for talks that could expand by steps and stages, if both sides look for win-win possibilities.” You’ll see variants of Pickering’s piece everywhere by other authors, if you care to Google “Iran nuke deal”. All the nuclear proliferation and Iran experts, at least the ones who haven’t been calling “bomb, bomb, bomb Iran” for decades, agree there’s a deal to be made and that it would look very much like Pickering describes it. The question is really whether Obama has the cojones to reach for that deal in an election year.