With Saddam Hussein’s regime in ashes and Syria threatened into at least temporary compliance, Iran is simply next on the list. And, say what you want about the neocons and their bid to remake the Middle East, they are nothing if not methodical.
For now, though, Ledeen and his compatriots in the White House don’t seem to be contemplating an invasion of Iran. Rather, they’ve discovered that the United Nations may have its uses after all. Now, US officials are pressing the UN to declare Iran in breach of a global nuclear arms treaty, alleging that Iran has been secretly producing enriched uranium at one of its power plants. The US is pushing for enhanced inspections that would rein in Iran’s program. In fact, while much about Iran’s weapons program is still unknown, it does appear to be farther along in its quest for nuclear arms than Iraq ever was during the last decade. As the New York Times Steven Weisman reports, that’s cause for alarm in Washington and Tel Aviv.
The US has also been trying to convince erstwhile allies Russia, France, and Germany to put pressure on Iran. Not surprisingly, Washington hasn’t had much luck with this tactic yet. “Very sound evidence is needed to accuse anyone. So far, neither the United States nor any other countries can present it,” a Russian official said yesterday. Mother Jones