Monday, April 12, 2010

Obama's Major Foreign Policy Victory

Yes, you read that title right, a major threat to international nuclear safety has been eliminated thanks to the Obama administration. The Canadian government, widely known to be a prime proliferator of nuclear weaponry has, under great pressure from Obama, broken down and agreed to transfer its stockpile of highly enriched uranium to the USA.

What's that you say? It was being used to produce medical isotopes? Nonsense! It was a treat to international peace and security!

Also, that threat to nuclear safety and security, Ukraine, has similarly broken down and agreed to transfer its stockpile of highly enriched uranium to the USA. A much needed diplomatic victory that will ensure Ukraine never spreads its nuclear technology around again.

Focusing on whats really important the Toronto Star reports the following:

Satellite photo evidence showing the first wisps of steam from a new nuclear reactor in Pakistan came as a rude awakening for U.S. intelligence officials, according to the New York Times. They interpret the images as proof positive that the country is preparing to ramp up production of weapons-grade fuel to keep pace with India, even as it struggles to safeguard its nuclear facilities against possible attack by Al Qaeda.

Though Obama met separately with his Pakistani and Indian counterparts on the eve of the Washington summit, White House officials say raising the issue during the summit would be “too politically divisive.”

That's right, Obama is wisely choosing to focus on the important issues and the dangerous countries like Canada and Ukraine rather than dealing with the minor Pakistani-India issue. Moreover, Malaysia, a regional powerhouse with massive pull in Iran has joined with the USA in condemning Iran in the strongest possible language. This reversal has the potential to break the deadlock over the Iranian issue.

The White House said in a statement that he had also discussed Iran with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

"The two leaders agreed on the need for the international community to send a clear signal to Iran that while it has the right to develop peaceful uses of nuclear energy, Iran should not use this right to develop nuclear weapons capability," said the statement.

Sorry if I have trouble restraining my sarcasm over this political stunt by Obama. Although, considering how low my expectations are for Obama now, I really don't expect much more. The Chinese are just playing Obama for time, promising to 'work' with them on sanctions but will insist on limits that make the sanctions useless when push comes to shove. Other countries such as Brazil will insist on the right to develop enrichment facilities and other nations needing reliable local sources of medical isotopes will continue to insist on the right to have highly enriched uranium for their science reactors.

Obama's advisors know this even if Obama doesn't. So they are choreographing some minor diplomatic 'victories' to give the image of success while avoiding the real challenging issues.

1 comment:

CanadianSense said...

Great catch. I am impressed as well with reigning in those two rogue states.

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