I feel like Will Rogers, who said, “All I know is what I read in the newspapers.” Today the quote would go, “All I know is what I read on the internet.” I don’t know what back-door negotiations are going on between the United States, our allies, and Iran. I don’t know what really happened at the first round of talks. History tells us that what the public hears and what really happened can be quite different.
Since no one from the White House has invited me (unlike David Axelrod–who, like me, used to be skinnier when we lived on the second floor in the Flint dorm at the University of Chicago) to a National Security Council meeting, I have to rely on what I read on the internet. I read the LA Times opinion piece which recommends a compromise with Iran. It’s so logical, so almost-persuasive. “Let’s let them have some centrifuges, and we’ll have robust inspections. Iranian leaders would save face with their people, and everyone would be happy.” Rrrrright. Let’s lick our lollipops, throw Toto a bone, and skip down the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City.
In short, this proposal is way too much way too soon. Iran has to bend, not talk about bending, not promise to bend, not sign an agreement to bend. Bend. Show good faith. Let the inspectors inspect what Iran has now. Let’s hear some retractions of threats to destroy the United States and Israel. Then let’s see if we can reach a compromise instead of having to bomb the nuclear-enrichment facilities.