The bad news from Europe isn’t the only event casting shadows over the holiday weekend. The news from Baghdad is that the negotiations between Iran and the Group of Six ended in stalemate. Given the effectiveness of the current sanctions against Tehran and the prospect of new, tougher ones coming into effect on July 1 (when EU sanctions against Iranian oil are scheduled to take effect), there was more hope than usual that this round of talks would offer hope that the worst can be avoided.Now those hopes have been dashed. The next meeting is scheduled in Moscow on June 18; that leaves very little time before the next round of sanctions goes into effect.Progress in Baghdad would have helped the Obama administration. Any sign that the policy of negotiation is working would strengthen the President’s hand in the election campaign. Iranian intransigence makes it easier for critics to portray him as a credulous sucker being manipulated by the clever mullahs who play him for time as they advance their agenda.Via Meadia is still hoping for a peaceful resolution of this dispute, but the time for negotiations is not infinite. Reports that the some samples of uranium in Iran have been enriched to a higher level than previously known raise some questions; while the evidence appears inconclusive anything that undermines the credibility of negotiations or highlights the danger of an Iranian nuclear breakout makes war that much more likely.
No Deal With Iran