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    Mogolori, Subterranean, agnostic

    The Bush administration has a long record of triggering crises, without much success in crisis prevention. The latter is clearly discernible in the cold shoulder the White House has given the call for a "time out" in the Iran nuclear crisis by Mohammad ElBaradei, the head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

    ElBaradei has asked for the simultaneous suspension of Iran's uranium-enrichment activities and the UN sanctions on Iran. Whereas Iran has given the call serious consideration, the United States has all but rejected it.

    According to IAEA spokeswoman Melissa Fleming, ElBaradei regards the regional situation as "potentially explosive" and wants to avert the escalation of a crisis that, if added to the present crises, could turn the situation "catastrophic".

    In reaction to ElBaradei's proposal, Iran has put on hold its plan to install 3,000 centrifuges, and Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has stated that Tehran will seriously "review" the proposal...

    But that is precisely what may be wrong with the US approach, which involves upping the ante against Iran in Iraq, in spite of scant evidence of Iranian wrongdoing. The US is also fixated on the idea of a permanent suspension of Iran's enrichment and reprocessing program, even though the program is sanctioned by articles of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

    There is no legal basis ... given the absence of any "smoking gun" corroborating allegations of a clandestine nuclear-weapons program in Iran.

    Here's the link. Bush and the neocons are staying with the PNAC playbook. They won't let reality stand in their way.

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