The Ayatollah Khamenei –and you Steelers fans, he’s the only guy who counts in Iran because it is, you know, a dictatorship– gave a charming commencement speech yesterday. Here’s how The New York Times covers it:
Iran’s supreme leader on Wednesday ruled out inspections of Iranian military sites and interviews of Iranian nuclear scientists in any potential deal on its nuclear program.
In a speech at a graduation ceremony at the Imam Hussein Military University in Tehran, the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, denounced what he said were escalating demands in the nuclear talks between Iran and world powers that resumed on Wednesday in Vienna.
“They say new things in the negotiations. Regarding inspections, we have said that we will not let foreigners inspect any military center,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, according to a text of the speech released on his personal website, Khamenei.ir….
The comments by Ayatollah Khamenei seemingly cement the Iranian position that a requirement for inspections of sites not designated by the country as part of its nuclear energy program is a nonstarter. While not new, the statement could further tie the hands of Iran’s negotiating team, led by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who on Friday said that a comprehensive deal before the self-imposed June 30 deadline was still possible….
“They say the right to interview nuclear scientists must be given,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, according to his website. “This means interrogation. I will not let foreigners come and talk to scientists and dear children of the nation who have developed this science up to this level.”
The supreme leader also sent a warning to a regional rival, Saudi Arabia, and its Sunni Arab allies not to stir up trouble in Iran’s border provinces, populated mostly by Iran’s Sunni minorities.
OK, enough with this farce , and everyone except the jayvees on the president’s national security council staff and John Kerry and Hillary Clinton seem to know it is a farce. Pull the plug and come home. Crack down on the sanctions that exist and add new ones. If the world’s worst regimes go ahead and trade with the world’s worst regime, so be it. Get a serious strategy together for repairing the deeply damaged ties regional allies, and plan the “two front war” with IS and Iran.
Pretending that the regime isn’t what is and ignoring their Supreme Leader –emphasis on “Supreme”– is simply nuts, beyond the already amazing levels of incompetence achieved by this the least competent Administration in modern American history.