Neocon Heads Explode Over Iran DealSubmitted by Marc Clair on Thu, 12/05/2013 - 13:48
With this past week’s news of a tentative deal between the “P5 + 1″ (read: the U.S. + a few puppet governments) and Iran that would – theoretically and hopefully – ease sanctions while guaranteeing that Iran will not be attacked by the United States – it should come as no surprise that the usual neocon talking heads are in a tizzy about it. Setting aside the ridiculous notion that people halfway across the world should have to get “permission” from the United States or other countries to pursue certain technologies, any step towards peace and away from war should be seen as a positive.
Let’s take a quick look around the Neocon Rogues Gallery:
Jeffrey Goldberg seethes over at Bloomberg:
Momentum for sanctions is waning. It’s true that the economic relief the Iranians will receive in this deal is modest, but it is also true that many nations, many companies and the Iranians themselves are seeing this agreement as the beginning of the end of the sanctions regime. Iran is already making a push to recapture its dominant role in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. U.S. officials believe they can hold the line on sanctions, but it is reasonable to assume that they will come under increasing pressure from countries such as South Korea, Japan, India and China, which could very easily convince themselves that Iran is preparing to act in a more responsible manner (after all, it replaced its snarling, Holocaust-denying president with a smiling, savvy president) and should be reopened for business.
Ah, yes, a deal with Iran on sanctions is bad because it will kill the “momentum” for sanctions! Well Jeffrey, that is sort of the point. Sanctions are an act of war; sanctions attack the economic activity of citizens who have done no wrong outside of happening to live in the “rogue” state of Iran.