It dropped like a bomb in the G-20 summit Friday morning: President Obama’s announcement that Iran had constructed a secret, underground nuclear facility – big enough, and probably designed, to hold centrifuges for making a nuclear bomb.
And suddenly the situation with Iran is more dangerous than we thought – and Barack Obama has a real problem on his hands.
So what we know, and what do we do?
We know for sure now that Iran plans to use its nuclear capacity to develop the nuclear bomb. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have built this plant underground.
And we know George Bush’s isolation policy against Iran failed completely. While we were distracted with Iraq, which posed no serious threat, we totally ignored Iran, which is a serious threat, and was then.
So what do we do?
- 1. Demand that Iran immediately open all facilities to international inspectors.
- 2. Join with other nations in warning Iran of the serious consequences of developing nuclear weapons.
- 3. Begin negotiations with Iran on incentives they need to resume a peaceful and productive relationship with the West.
It’s not an easy task. It’s one more mess Obama has inherited from Bush. But – in addition to Afghanistan – events have now placed Iran on the front burner.
That’s my parting shot for today.