Too late to halt Iran’s nuclear bomb, EU is told

Hey Democrats: I have a brilliant plan for political success for you…Ignore this for the next two years.  Don’t mind that 26 other nations have the same concerns as the U.S.  Then, when Hillary gets her fat, socialist ass handed to her in ’08 you can spend 8 years bitching from the sidelines while real leaders do the heavy lifting.  A few cycles employing this stategy and your hero “Slick Billy” will come out looking like a true world statesman.  Kinda like Jimmy Car…Duh! (nevermind). 

Iran will be able to develop enough weapons-grade material for a nuclear bomb and there is little that can be done to prevent it, an internal European Union document has concluded.

In an admission of the international community’s failure to hold back Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the document – compiled by the staff of Javier Solana, EU foreign policy chief – says the atomic programme has been delayed only by technical limitations rather than diplomatic pressure. “Attempts to engage the Iranian administration in a negotiating process have not so far succeeded,” it states.

The downbeat conclusions of the “reflection paper” – seen by the Financial Times – are certain to be seized on by advocates of military action, who fear that Iran will be able to produce enough fissile material for a bomb over the next two to three years. Tehran insists its purposes are purely peaceful.

“At some stage we must expect that Iran will acquire the capacity to enrich uranium on the scale required for a weapons programme,” says the paper, dated February 7 and circulated to the EU’s 27 national governments ahead of a foreign ministers meeting yesterday.

“In practice . . . the Iranians have pursued their programme at their own pace, the limiting factor being technical difficulties rather than resolutions by the UN or the International Atomic Energy Agency.

“The problems with Iran will not be resolved through economic sanctions alone.”

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