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ElBaradei a Slow Learner

John on December 6, 2008 at 2:08 pm

Hot Air posted this link in the headlines today:

The chief of the world’s nuclear weapons watchdog organization considers five years of U.S. and international efforts to rein in Iran’s nuclear ambitions a failure, as Tehran moves ever closer to obtaining the means to develop weapons of mass destruction.

The United Nations Security Council has imposed three sets of sanctions to try to get Iran to halt uranium enrichment and other activities, while the United States and Europe have offered economic and security incentives. Yet Iran continues acquiring nuclear technology and stockpiling sensitive material.

We haven’t really moved one inch toward addressing the issues,” said Mohamed ElBaradei, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA. “I think so far the policy has been a failure.

Maybe you read the above as a mea culpa. Not at all. Let me parse this for you…

ElBaradei won the Nobel peace prize in 2005 for arguing (against the Bush administration) that Iran had no nuclear program. Since then he’s fought Bush tooth and nail on sanctions, saying last year:

It’s not possible to manipulate us. We are not naïve and we do not take sides.

Now Iran has 5,000 centrifuges running and inspectors have been kicked out. Naive? No way! You’re a genius ElBaradei.

The bottom line is this: The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency says it’s not his fault atomic energy isn’t regulated in Iran. It’s Bush’s fault. He wants the record to reflect that his own public resistance to actually doing anything about Iran these last three years was utterly insignificant. Sure it was, pal. You can’t be manipulated. So therefore there’s no chance Iran used your dimwitted bumbling and defense to cover their pursuit of a bomb.

As for ElBaradei himself? He’s going to take his Nobel to the south of France, where he plans to retire in a year. Just in time to avoid having to admit he failed when Iran announces its first bomb test. His successor will deal with that mess. ElBaradei will spend the rest of his life dusting his trophy and living off the palpable frisson that comes from having stood up to George Bush. And if the world became a more dangerous place while he strode the stage, well, surely that’s someone else’s fault.

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