There has to be some limit to the idiocy of diplo-double speak. Whatever that limit is, Kofi passed it so long ago you can’t even look back and see it anymore.
Today, he lectured President Bush after a private meeting and in front of reporters —
…not to “escalate” tensions over Iran’s nuclear ambitions because the world wants to “find a way out of this crisis.”
“We need to be able to resolve it, and I hope there will be no steps taken to escalate this approach,” Mr. Annan told the president at the end of a meeting in the Oval Office.
It is not reorted whether Bush bitch-slapped him before or after Annan the Ass made this crapulous statement to waiting reporters. However, Scott McClellan got in his licks:
White House press secretary Scott McClellan later railed against Iran without escalating the administration’s rhetoric.
“Iran has shown that they can’t be trusted with nuclear technology because they have hidden their activities for some two decades,” he said. “They failed to comply with their international obligations.”
The meeting came as Iran announced that it was postponing a planned resumption of negotiations with Russia and also would restart its uranium enrichment.
The Moscow talks, which had been designed to assuage world concerns about the Islamic republic’s intentions by having Russia enrich uranium for Tehran, had been scheduled to resume Thursday.
“We support the proposal that was offered by Russia,” Mr. McClellan said. “But what you see coming from the regime is continued defiance of the world, a continued disregard for their international obligations and a continued thumbing of their nose to what the world has demanded.”
Or, as Goesh said so well in a recent comment:
For sure the world we know will be forever altered once Iran is armed with nukes. They have immense energy contracts with China. Once China has its 3 Gorge dam completed, it will have 9 times the electrical output of Hoover dam. It will go mostly to industrial development. Relatively decent products made with very cheap labor and no peripheral overhead costs like social security and workmans comp and unemployment, no OSHA, no EPA, no Human Rights and Cultural Diversity watch-dogs that a society must pay for. The 3 Gorge dam will enable China to project naval force via carriers. They will resist, possibly even with the threat of force, anything that threatens their access to Iran’s energy reserves. they fear a major disruption if force is used and Iran knows this and will exploit it. China holds billions of US dollars as well. The US reached its apex and 9/11 was the start of our decline. Iran with nukes only hastens the decline. Once armed and the cash flowing in, they can export terrorism and disruption like we can’t imagine. Hell, they can set up large training camps right on their borders and there ain’t a damn thing can be done about it. It’s like the thug that shows up for a street fight with a sawed-off shotgun and everyone else has brass knuckles, pretending to be tough. But be of good cheer – you can still have it your way at McDondalds. Ain’t it grand being free?
I think instead of McDonald’s it will be more like the Dali Lama’s hotdog: “make me one with everything.”
If only someone had the wisdom to tape Annan’s mouth shut permanently.