Someone should fax a copy of the IAEA's report to our intelligence agencies. Last year, in what will someday be remembered as an infamous National Intelligence Estimate, the spy agencies pronounced that Iran had abandoned its intentions of building nuclear weapons back in 2003. As former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton and others explained at the time, the report was pure whistling past the graveyard, and it was surely one of the low points of the Bush administration that this misleading and irresponsible analysis was not more forcefully rebutted.
Actually, aside from the one-on-one meeting with Ahmadinejad, President Bush's policy toward Iran has not differed much from the one advanced by Barack Obama. In concert with Britain, France, China, Russia, and Germany, we've offered lots and lots of carrots in the form of light water nuclear reactors, commercial aircraft, direct negotiations, and other goodies if Iran would agree to suspend enriching uranium. This offer was first floated in 2004. It was rejected. In 2006, a slightly altered package was offered. It, too, was rejected. And just last week, the Iranian regime reiterated that it would not cease enriching uranium no matter what "incentives" were dangled by the international community. Could it be that they want the weapons, not world approbation?