by Gordon Prather
saw where Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice ruled out applying
for the job of NFL commissioner after Paul Tagliabue retires:
it came open at the wrong time.
I'm very busy as secretary of state, and I intend to continue
to be secretary of state as long as the president of the United
States will have me.
not be for "long."
saw where Japan's vice trade minister, Hideji Sugiyama, confirmed
that a multi-billion dollar deal to develop the Azadegan oil fields
in southwestern Iran, near the Iraq border, would go ahead despite
pressure by Condi to cancel it.
And where Foreign
Ministry spokesman Desra Percaya revealed that Indonesia had "firmly
rejected" Condi's request made during her trip to Southeast Asia
that Indonesia "join" Bush's Proliferation Security Initiative.
principal assignment last year and this – to "set up" Iran "diplomatically"
for invasion the same way Colin Powell set up Iraq three years ago
– hasn't been going so well.
she has finally gotten the Iranian dossier "referred" or transferred
to the U.N. Security Council for action.
to the Russians and Chinese, that isn't true.
What they agreed
to was for the director-general of the International Atomic Energy
Agency to merely "report" the Iranian dossier to the UNSC.
What will the
UNSC do with the report?
Well, if right
and reason prevail, the UNSC will send the dossier back to the IAEA
with a stern warning that the IAEA Board of Governors has vastly
exceeded its statutory authority – indeed, has acted contrary
to the IAEA Statute – by demanding that Iran sign and ratify an
Additional Protocol to its existing Safeguards Agreement and submit
to intrusive inspections going far beyond those required even by
the Additional Protocol.
that won't happen. But Condi knows she can't get the Security Council
Resolution she needs for Bush and his Proliferation Security Initiative
vigilantes to misuse. Russia and/or China would veto it.
She may not
even get a Council president's statement, which is basically a summary
of what the Council members talked about and can't be used as the
justification for anyone doing anything.
according to Condi:
is no time for delay in taking up this issue.
We need to
have this [presidential] statement and to make clear to the Iranians
that the international community is united in demanding that Iran
return to a posture that is consistent with its NPT obligations
and consistent with the international community's need to know
that Iran is, indeed, conducting a peaceful nuclear program.
be any delay.
be any stalling.
community has got to act.
looking to the international community to show that this can,
indeed, be dealt with diplomatically. And we are committed to
a diplomatic solution, but it has to be dealt with.
wants a presidential statement "ordering" Iran to restore a freeze
on its uranium enrichment activities within a fortnight.
according to Condi's draft statement, Iran's safeguarded
uranium-enrichment related programs – certified by the IAEA to be
"for peaceful purposes" – constitute "a threat to international
peace and security."
and Chinese will never agree to such a presidential statement. Russia's
foreign minister even objects to Condi's claim that by "reporting"
the Iranian dossier to the Security Council, the IAEA Board had
actually handed over the "Iranian nuclear problem."
Minister Sergei Lavrov's view, the Iranian nuclear dossier should
be considered "exclusively" by the IAEA.
that "the main thing is to prevent the violation of the nuclear
weapons non-proliferation regime, and the international community's
efforts should be focused on this."
foreign minister: "There are possibilities for strengthening of
the nuclear weapons non-proliferation regime not only in the solution
of the Iranian nuclear problem and North Korean nuclear issue, but
also along the path of modernization of the non-proliferation regime
journalists that he had in mind the Russian president's initiative
on creating international uranium enrichment centers that "will
be certified by the IAEA and meet the demand of all countries."
of Moscow and Beijing on Iran are laid down in the joint declaration
signed by the two countries' leaders last week in Beijing, whereby
Russia and China "oppose attempts to use the situation around the
Iranian nuclear program to solve certain political issues on someone's
So, look for
President Bush to invoke his authority as commander in chief of
the War on Terror to appoint Condi NFL commissioner. And soon.
James Gordon Prather [send
him mail] has served as a policy-implementing official for national
security-related technical matters in the Federal Energy Agency,
the Energy Research and Development Administration, the Department
of Energy, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Department
of the Army. Dr. Prather also served as legislative assistant for
national security affairs to U.S. Sen. Henry Bellmon, R-Okla.
ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee and member of the
Senate Energy Committee and Appropriations Committee. Dr. Prather
had earlier worked as a nuclear weapons physicist at Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory in California and Sandia National Laboratory
in New Mexico.
© 2006 Gordon Prather