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.
Gareth Porter: The Barack Obama administration appears to have rejected a deal-breaking demand by Israel for an Iranian confession to having had a covert nuclear weapons program as a condition for completing the comprehensive nuclear agreement.
Israeli Demands on Iran: The Obama administration insists that Iran discuss its ballistic missile program in the negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear agreement.
Iranian Nuclear Proposals — Iran pushes back against statements that Tehran must “dismantle” some of its nuclear program.
Attacking Islamic Charity — Federal prosecutors continue to target Islamic charities and their donors.
Robert Gates Memoir — The self-serving Gates account conceals the dishonest tactics used to get Obama’s agreement to Afghan War escalation.
Iran Nuclear Fatwa — News media have systematically failed to check the facts about alleged Iranian ambitions to acquire nuclear weapons.
Gareth Porter: But within hours of the agreement, there are already indications from senior U.S. officials that the Barack Obama administration is not fully committed to the conclusion of a final pact, under which economic sanctions would be completely lifted.
Gareth Porter: The Obama administration will face a decision whether to press Iran to go along with those changes or to go back to the original compromise when political directors of the six powers and Iran reconvene