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Krugman and the Ayatollahs

Crude obfuscation is the stock in trade of many political actors. Not so the president of Iran.

by Bret Stephens, WSJ, Jan. 20, 2014

Earlier this month, the editorial board of the New York Times rebuked 59 U.S. senators for signing on to Iran legislation from New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez and Illinois Republican Mark Kirk. The bill, claimed the Times, “would ¬impose new sanctions” and “violate the interim [nuclear] agreement” between Iran and the ¬international community.

Well, that’s one way of describing the sanctions. In reality, Menendez-Kirk imposes new sanctions only if Iran violates the current deal, commits acts of terror against American interests, or launches a medium-range ballistic missile. It also threatens Iran with sanctions if it doesn’t dismantle its illicit nuclear infrastructure to preclude an atomic breakout capability…

…As for Mr. Rouhani, here’s a quote from his presidential campaign, first noted in the West by my colleague Sohrab Ahmari : “Saying ‘Death to America’ is easy,” Mr. Rouhani said in May at a campaign event in the city of Karaj. “We need to express ‘Death to America’ with action.”…

…there’s one person willing to tell it like it is. “In #Geneva agreement world powers surrendered to Iranian nation’s will,” Mr. Rouhani tweeted last week. Just so. No crude obfuscating for him…

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