Skip to comments.John Kerry: Give Iran Nuke Fuel
Posted on 01/22/2006 12:00:52 PM PST by paltz
Sen. John Kerry was sharply critical of the Bush administration's handling of the war on terror during his appearance Sunday on ABC's "This Week."
But while he complained about White House bungling of the North Korea nuclear crisis, Kerry was curiously silent on Iran.
Probably because, had Kerry's previous advice on Iran been taken, the mullahs in Tehran would be even closer to obtaining nuclear weapons than they are now.
During his first debate against President Bush on Sept. 30, 2004, the Massachusetts Democrat actually said it would be a good idea for the U.S. to give Iran the fuel they needed to make a nuclear bomb.
The question from moderator Jim Lehrer: "Do you believe that diplomacy and sanctions can resolve the nuclear problems with North Korea and Iran?"
"With respect to Iran, the British, French, and Germans were the ones who initiated an effort without the United States, regrettably, to begin to try to move to curb the nuclear possibilities in Iran. I believe we could have done better."
The top Democrat then urged:
"I think the United States should have offered the opportunity to provide the nuclear fuel. Test them. See whether or not they were actually looking for it for peaceful purposes. If they weren't willing to work a deal, then we could have put sanctions together."
Of course, with Iranian President Mahmoud Amhadinejad now threatening to "wipe Israel off the map" as he presses ahead with his country's nuclear program, it's clear Kerry's nuke fuel "test" would have been a staggering blunder.
No wonder he's stopped giving advice on how to handle the Iranian nuclear crisis.
Prevent Iran From Developing Nuclear Weapons. A nuclear armed Iran is an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States and our allies in the region. While we have been preoccupied in Iraq, Iran has reportedly been moving ahead with its nuclear program. We can no longer sit on the sidelines and leave the negotiations to the Europeans. It is critical that we work with our allies to resolve these issues and lead a global effort to prevent Iran from obtaining the technology necessary to build nuclear weapons. Iran claims that its nuclear program is only to meet its domestic energy needs. John Kerry's proposal would call their bluff by organizing a group of states to offer Iran the nuclear fuel they need for peaceful purposes and take back the spent fuel so they cannot divert it to build a weapon. If Iran does not accept this offer, their true motivations will be clear. Under the current circumstances, John Kerry believes we should support the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) efforts to discern the full extent of Iran's nuclear program, while pushing Iran to agree to a verifiable and permanent suspension of its enrichment and reprocessing programs. If this process fails, we must lead the effort to ensure that the IAEA takes this issue to the Security Council for action.
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Kerry was a drooling moron then........he's a drooling moron now.
In my experience, drooling morons remain drooling morons.
I know it's so awfully wrong but I need the release to survive. Otherwise I'd split right down the middle.
Maybe Cronkite was right about the intelligence of the American public, some of it anyway.
Your points are well taken and correct. Some folks don't understand the difference between reactor grade and bomb grade nuclear fuel. To them, uranium is uranium.
And therein lies the fear. Fear that someone like him will be elected. WE barely escaped Gore, then Kerry is Clinton next?
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Posted on 01/21/2006 8:57:17 PM PST by raccoonradio