Inspectors for the International Atomic Energy Agency have concluded that Iran appears to have solved most of its technological problems and is now beginning to enrich uranium on a far larger scale than before, according to the agency’s top officials.
The findings may change the calculus of diplomacy in Europe and in Washington, which aimed to force a suspension of Iran’s enrichment activities in large part to prevent it from learning how to produce weapons-grade material.
In a short-notice inspection of Iran’s operations in the main nuclear facility at Natanz on Sunday, conducted in advance of a report to the United Nations Security Council due early next week, the inspectors found that Iranian engineers were already using roughly 1,300 centrifuges and were producing fuel suitable for nuclear reactors, according to diplomats and nuclear experts here.
So the Iranians are working up to their own bomb. Bush, having expended trillions to remove WMDs from Iraq (if only we could find them) now seems to be getting in touch with his inner Jimmy Carter. Diplomacy has failed, but having pissed away America's options in an Iraq obsession worthy of Cap'n Ahab, he's standing like a deer in the headlights stammering to the Iranians "or else! or else!". Well, Mr. President, the Iranians just asked "or else what?"