A reminder that after you unclench your fist, you can still cross your fingers: Iran has backed out of a deal to export its enriched uranium to Russia, in exchange for purely civilian nuclear materials from France.
Time magazine detailed the potential deal yesterday, also reporting that President Obama “personally weighed in three times during secret, multiparty negotiations with the Iranians over the last four months.” Arguably, the U.S. president should not have been personally involved in talks that may have granted only a temporary halt to an Iranian nuclear bomb. On the other hand, buying even a couple of years would have been extremely valuable given the progress the Iranians have been making.
Now the deal apparently is off. As Power Line notes, Tehran is “nevertheless using the negotiations to claim that the Obama administration has acceded to its nuclear enrichment program.” Even worse, a reader at InstaPundit points out that these negotiations were under way during