"Iranians pretend not to cheat; we (USA) pretend not to notice. All that’s left to do is stand back and wait for something to happen."
Here are two interesting pieces which may give us pause about how to further US - Iranian diplomacy.
The first opens with a paragraph which sets forth the problem clearly:
"Does it matter what sort of deal—or further extension, or
non-deal—ultimately emerges from the endless parleys over Iran’s nuclear
program? Probably not. Iran came to the table cheating on its nuclear
commitments. It continued to cheat on them throughout the interim
agreement it agreed to last year. And it will cheat on any undertakings
The second article in some ways is more ominous because it explores threats and conflicts that are less severe than a nuclear threat. The subtitle says much:" The West underestimates the growing threat from radical Islam in the Americas."
"Iran has opened embassies and established
commercial agreements that allow operatives to create businesses, which
can be used as fronts for covert operations. In
Venezuela and Bolivia, Iran has moved to the next level, developing a
military presence through joint ventures in defense industries."
The conclusions of the first article is appropriate for both articles and daunting to all:
"Eventually, something will happen. Perhaps Iran will simply walk away
from the talks, daring this feckless administration to act. Perhaps we
will discover another undeclared Iranian nuclear facility, possibly not
in Iran itself. Perhaps the Israelis really will act. Perhaps the Saudis
The articles are linked below.