President Barack Obama's policy of "tough diplomacy" continues to fail, as the Iranian regime celebrates its gains at the negotiating table, which cross previous red lines set down by the U.S. and the international community. As even the New York Times is forced to admit, "Iran has in effect forced the West to accept a program it insists is for peaceful purposes."
The Times' Thomas Erdbrink notes that a senior adviser to Iran's supreme leader can already list several diplomatic victories over the Obama administration and the West:
Mr. Taraghi ticked off Iran’s successes. First, he said, Western countries did not want Iran to have a nuclear power plant, but its Bushehr reactor was now connected to the national grid. Second, the West had opposed Iran having heavy-water facilities, he said, but it now has one in Arak.
Third, the West had said no to any enrichment.
“But here we are, enriching as much as we need for our nuclear energy program,” Mr. Taraghi said with a smile, referring to the thousands of cascades of centrifuges spinning for years in the half-underground facility in Natanz. Since January, dozens more centrifuges have been online in the Fordo mountain bunker complex, near Qum, built to withstand a heavy attack.
Apparently, at least according to the Iranian regime, the West accepted Tehran's assurances that religious prohibitions would prevent the Iranian nuclear program from developing nuclear weapons.
Meanwhile, former White House advisor Dennis Ross has called the talks "not serious," saying that Iran ought to be required to "stop the clock" on further uranium enrichment.
“This is not a serious process if it meets once a month,” he added, according to the Jerusalem Post.