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Integrity Counts

When I signed off on last Thursday's posting I had imagined it would be my final one for 2013. But that was before I learned of President Obama's threat to veto a BIPARTISAN bill that would impose new sanctions upon Iran if they failed to live up to their promises in the recently negotiated agreement that the President was so anxious to sign.

Yes, you read that right. The proposed bill in the a senate is entirely bipartisan. And, it is calls for "springing sanctions" which would only kick in if say Iran started to once again do the things they promised to not do, such as to begin producing weapons grade fuel for nuclear a bomb, or testing a ballistic missile, or if they were connected to a terrorist attack.
The President's reaction makes me wonder why he would find those conditions to be too onerous for Iran to uphold. And this from a guy who has laid down the concept of red lines that cannot be crossed more than once, and each time we all found the line was only an empty bluff, written in vanishing ink. To me this smells really bad and reinforces my worst fears about the President's ability to uphold his commitments and underscores why the world view of the US is one of increasing distrust.

It is ironic that one of his main campaign promises in his first run was to bring a healing with the world after what he perceived as a Bush Presidency that fostered global enmity towards the US.  We Americans fell for that and the world excitedly cheered him on. Today it seems we can all reflect together on our mistakes.

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate and a Happy and Prosperous New Year to all. May we all gain in wisdom and awareness.

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