Gareth Porter: The background to the leak of the US negotiation stance on Iran shows how Obama has made himself dependent on Israeli approval of a deal.
Gareth Porter: The current tensions over the Netanyahu speech is just the latest chapter in a long-running drama involving an Israeli strategy to use its political power in the US Congress to tilt US Iran policy in the direction Israel desires.
Gareth Porter: The Obama administration feels that it has no incentives to reach an agreement with Iran, because it is getting most of what it wants already under the status quo.
Gareth Porter: Bureaucratic momentum, the desire to be ‘important’, helped drive torture program to point where officials involved had too much to lose to call a halt.
Gareth Porter: The US posture in talks with Iran has reflected the perspective of a dominant power accustomed to employing coercive power.
Gareth Porter: The key to the new approach is Iran’s willingness to send both its existing stockpile of low enriched uranium (LEU) as well as newly enriched uranium to Russia for conversion into fuel for power plants for an agreed period of years.
Gareth Porter: The massive designation of houses as “hideouts” indicates the Israelis believed Palestinian fighters were hiding in some of them.
Gareth Porter: “Both sides were making demands going well beyond what they knew they would accept in the end, hoping to make the more moderate demands more acceptable.”
Gareth Porter: Given the past record of political interference in fuel agreements, Washington knows it faces a tough sell trying to get Iran to accept the U.S. insistence on reliance on foreign suppliers.
Gareth Porter: The proposal, which was later published by the Iranian government, included a series of “technical guarantees” against nuclear weapons proliferation.
Gareth Porter: Albright thus confirmed that his role was not to ascertain the actual facts independently of the official line on WMD issues, but to adjust his analysis to meet that line.
Gareth Porter: The Barack Obama administration’s highly risky diplomatic gambit rests on the concept of “breakout time”, defined as the number of months it would take Iran to accumulate enough weapons grade uranium for a single nuclear weapon.
Gareth Porter: The Obama administration’s brazen suggestion that it was indicting an individual for exporting U.S. products to a company that has been involved in Iran’s “nuclear weapons program” is simply a new version of the same linguistic trick used by the Bush administration.