My Mideast Punchlines: woof, woof ….

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is in Tel Aviv explaining Obama’s policy vis-a-vis the Iranian nuclear issue. Lew outlined a multi-pronged policy on the issue. “Make no mistake, we are not operating on an assumption that Iran will act in good faith,” he told the audience. “In return for meeting the demands that have been put on it by the international community, Iran would obtain phased-in relief from nuclear-related sanctions. But, in the same way that we have structured inspections around the notion that Iran might try to cheat, we have approached winding down sanctions so we can police against the same risk.”

The Treasury secretary reiterated that the US administration does not trust the Iranians, and that procedures will be put in place to reimpose sanctions if Tehran violates the current deal or does not allow access to ensure that it is adhering to the final agreement. “As history makes clear, we owe it to ourselves and we owe it to future generations to give diplomacy a chance… when given a chance, smart, tough, hard-fought diplomacy can succeed,” he said.

Small FistLike North Korea, you mean. That was hard-fought diplomacy. The only problem was, the dog-eating Koreans won, and they ended up with a bunch of nukes. Woof, woof. Vis-a-vis Iran, I don’t mean to cry wolf, but ….

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